childhood sexual abuse
My husband and I thought we could get away on mute during a virtual quarantine sex party. Instead, I had to face one of my deepest shames.
In 1996, Justine and Jim were charged in the sexual assault and exploitation of their then 13-year-old biological daughter
"It's not about scaring children. It's about empowering them."
You don't dare shove it back down and close the lid, I'll promise you that. All that's buried has a way of seeping back up
Instead of allowing the shepherd of my soul to heal me, for so long, I smeared my pain on the Church's steeple and dared it to question my response.
Mocker defines HOPE as "Have Optimism and Passion Every day." In her book The Hope Factor, Mocker lays out a blueprint for
If TLC and Honey Boo Boo's family wanted to do a reality show, it could have been an infinitely meaningful dose of reality to talk about preventing sexual abuse, what to look for, and keeping our children safe -- keeping Honey Boo Boo safe.
If we don't speak up, who will? If we don't educate our children and our communities, who will? If we don't eradicate shame and be the strong women that we can only hope our daughters will someday be, than who will?
For me, truth lies in the faith of forgiveness, and when I surrender to this "faith of forgiveness," a newfound freedom enters my life. I don't believe that forgiveness is a one-time act, but rather an unfolding process.
I am a mom, and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Once being a survivor started to interfere with my ability to be a "normal" mom, I started paying more attention to how and why the two identities were connected.