I saw mention of this month’s Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse
and this month’s host’s words about it:
We all know that abuse thrives on secrecy; the purpose of the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse is to speak openly about the prevalence of such abuse, and its devastating aftermath.
I find this to be very true, but incomplete.
Certainly, there needs to be as much attention drawn to the victims of abuse and the effects of the abuse as we are able to and I absolutely applaud the effort. But the other thing I want this blog, and the community of survivors, to speak openly about is the fact that there is life after the abuse. We are all survivors, we are all in different stages of our healing, but we are healing. We are living lives with all of the ups and downs, struggles and joy, as everyone else.
Being a survivor is a challenge, and healing from childhood abuse is a struggle, don’t let anyone kid you about that. What it’s not, is a death sentence. There is hope, there is joy, and there is life. It may be a long, rough tunnel, and the light at the end of it may seem dim now but it is there. Survivors need to know that, and they should hear it from us.