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  •  You're right - nothing makes it "all better" (7+ / 0-)

    But for me, you bearing witness to my story, to Rebecca's story, to all of the stories being told here makes me believe, for the first time in my life, that you SEE me.

    I end a lot of my posts with SEE US, HEAR US, HONOR US because the fact is victims of child sexual abuse are ignored, covered up, forgotten.  Many just disappear into a drug/alcohol-induced stupor, end up prostituting themselves, marry into abusive relationships, and continue the cycle of abuse upon themselves.  

    When you are told you are worthless as a young child, you believe it.  In my article, "I Am the Face of Child Sexual Abuse" I write

    The sexual abuse of a child not only takes away their innocence, it takes away their life, because who that child was supposed to be is forever changed.  And while we don’t carry scars that you can see, they are there.  Internal, emotional scars, filled with trust and betrayal issues, fear and anger, loss; sometimes unable to find value in ourselves as human beings because we were once just objects used to satisfy someone’s abnormal sexual desires. Once we are old enough to realize that what our abusers did to us isn’t right, we  begin to think  that maybe we had no  worth because no one protected us, no one stood up for us, no one cared.  

    Used and discarded, we are left to seek out “love” and “value” in the only way we know how, through sexual behaviors that aren’t rooted in real relationships.  We don’t know how to have relationships because we can never trust anyone fully.  The relationships we counted on as children failed us.  No one stood up for us.  No one protected us.  No one spoke up.

    "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley

    by Roxine on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:14:49 AM PDT

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