Sharing your story of abuse or assault starts the healing process. It is not the cure, but it is essential to the whole. By telling your story you expose the truth and break free from the silence that has kept you from being all God has called you to be.
Many of us were never given the chance to express fully what took place. We were told to be quiet, don’t tell, forget about it, don’t overreact, and other such nonsense. We’ve been imprisoned by a sense of guilt and shame; believing that somehow we are at fault. Taking part or all of the blame over the abuse can give us a sense of power, where we were at one time powerless, but doing so leaves us with an overwhelming sense of guilt.
To heal we must release the guilt and place the blame where it belongs. Whether it took place when we were a child or as an adult, we were powerless against our perpetrator(s). They took what did not belong to them, and abused our innocence and trust. Accepting the blame for the abuse or assault gives us a false sense of confidence that we could have influenced whether or not it happened.
The reality is that we were not in control at all.
We were innocent, regardless of our age or gender.
Isn’t it time to break free from the guilt and shame?