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COURAGE TO HEAL

Abuse comes in many forms but no matter what kind, it is still abuse. There are thousands of men, women and children who fall victim to this crime. Consider these alarming statistics: a child is sexually abused every two seconds; a woman is battered every 21 seconds; a man every 38 seconds.

While in recent years society has started to open its eyes regarding abuse, it is still a crime that is hard to talk about. The silence of the victim, often borne out of fear, shame and vulnerability, makes the crime an act that can continue for years.

Keeping the secret deepens the scars that a victim lives with long after the abuse is over. Deciding to let the secret out and speaking out is empowerment and with empowerment comes choice - the choice not to let the abuser win.

This part of my site is dedicated to all those courageous survivors who have made the choice to not keep the secret.

Poetry and Artwork

The Candle Trapped Happiness Distant Pain1
Pain2 I'm Telling On You The Incident That
Changed My Life
Little Girl Alone
A Touch Understanding
Anne Sexton

Links

Escaping Hades: A Rape and Sexual
Abuse Survivor's Site
Wings of Madness Depression Community
Depression Support
Women's Law Initiative: Domestic Violence
Laws and Safety Plans
National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children
Police Domestic
Violence/S.A.B.L.E. Program
The Stalking
Victim's Sancturay
S.A.B.L.E.: Spouse Abuse by Law Enforcement Self-injury: You are NOT
the only one
Healing Touch:
A Self-Injury Website
DID/MPD Soul's Self-Help Center H.O.P.E. (Help
Overcoming Professional Exploitation)
Pro Choice Philosophical Debates on Suicide

Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-779-SAFE (7233) or
1-800-787-3224
If you know about a child who is in immediate
risk or danger, call your local police.
If you have any information on a
missing child, call 1-800-THE-LOST
P.A.I.N. - Pain Aid
Information Network
P.A.I.N. Crisis Line for Suicide:
1-800-SUICIDE
Abuse, Rape, Incest:
1-800-656-HOPE
Youth Depression:
1-800-HIT-HOME
Covenant House: A Safe
Haven for Minors
1-800-999-9999

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