The Second Hand Keeps Ticking

I can't believe today is the last day of 2016. This year has challenged me, strengthened me, molded me, and made me more brave. A little over a year ago, in December 2015, I sat in my local District Attorney's office at the court house in the center of town. I anxiously watched the second... Continue Reading →

Your Response. It matters.

Sexual abuse is not a single-victim crime. It impacts families and communities worldwide. Most people know someone who has experienced sexual abuse. How will you respond when you learn someone you love and care for has been hurt so deeply by this heinous crime? In the years following my disclosure and people learning about my... Continue Reading →

Not My Shame, Impact Statement Part 2

***Trigger Warning*** I am going to be authentic at this moment and tell you that it is scary posting the second part of my victim impact statement. I am definitely experiencing some anxiety just thinking about pressing "publish." That feeling of shame resurfaced as I read back over the words I typed months ago. I... Continue Reading →

Disrupting Routines

In previous posts, I have described abusers as master manipulators and explained how they employ a variety of predatory actions to harm their victims. In this post, I am going to focus on how some abusers seek routine activities to gain access to a child repeatedly and how parents can be on the lookout for... Continue Reading →

When What You Remember Isn’t Enough

Throughout the court process, my case was always referred to as a “he said, she said” case because there was no physical evidence to corroborate my disclosure. Hearing those words always stung. During some of the initial interviews, I was asked questions such as “when did the abuse begin?” A bulk of the investigation took... Continue Reading →

The Power in Truth

In my last post I discussed how abusers are master manipulators. Initially, abusers may use threats of violence or death to the victim or a loved one; however, they eventually incorporate attacks on the child’s belief system regarding “right” and “wrong.” They normalize the abusive behavior so the child no longer questions the acts the... Continue Reading →

Breaking the Rule

I’ve been quiet the last few weeks. I did not even log into my blog site. I had so much motivation and excitement in creating my blog- picking out the design layout, background, font style and color, title, images, and url. I spent hours creating the law page and my first few posts. It seemed... Continue Reading →

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