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I’m Only a Victim If I Choose to Be

Extreme violence, chaos, and repeated sexual violation had been a way of life for me as a child, but I had never thought of myself as a victim. I just thought This is my life and I have to deal with it. This changed when, after being raped in college at the age of seventeen,… Continue reading I’m Only a Victim If I Choose to Be

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Learning to Laugh at Life – and Myself

I tend to be a very serious person, with little sense of humor. Perhaps this is a direct result of my trauma. Perhaps my wounds are too deep to live a truly joyous life. Perhaps laughter lies just below the surface, waiting to be set free. There are times when I feel envious of other… Continue reading Learning to Laugh at Life – and Myself

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A Stranger to Myself

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered who was staring back at you? It’s only within the last several years that I have begun to really get a sense of who I am. As a survivor of violence, incest, and rape – trauma which had begun at the age of eight – I… Continue reading A Stranger to Myself

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A Journey of Light and Love

I believe that we all come from the same Source of Light and Love, that we are spiritual beings who have chosen to come here to learn and to grow spiritually. For a very long time, I have felt a disconnect with this Light and Love. I had become a victim at the hands of… Continue reading A Journey of Light and Love

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How Do I Come to Believe in My Worth?

As a child growing up with violence, chaos, incest, and rape, I had developed a distorted sense of self early on. Family members who were supposed to love, protect, and respect me, as well as the boys and men who had raped me, treated me in ways that caused me to question my worth as… Continue reading How Do I Come to Believe in My Worth?

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Discovering the Warrior Within

Looking back on all the trauma that I had experienced, I came to realize that, as a child, I had always been a warrior. I had always had an inner strength that got me through my ordeals. Many survivors have committed suicide because of their trauma. Many have become swallowed whole by alcohol and drugs,… Continue reading Discovering the Warrior Within