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As a retired Investigating Detective and a survivor of sexual and physical abuse I know first hand the importance of disclosing traumatic experiences of abuse. I am living proof that it helps the emotional healing. I have also witnessed first hand the look of relief other victims experience when having the support needed and getting to the point of disclosing how, and by whom they were violated. For me there isn't anything more rewarding than to be a part of preventing Child Sexual Abuse and to help surviving victims regain their inner power and dignity after being violated. To now know, sharing the facts can help in both prevention and healing, I was inspired enough to share my stories so others can be encouraged to talk and learn from them. I started writing about my painful experiences over twenty years ago. Unaware that it was a form of therapy. Writing, not just about the sexual abuse but about anything that ailed me inside. These things included sexual abuse, family disagreements, boyfriend betrayal to loss of loved ones, death and conversations with God. I even wrote about things happening in society that I thought to be an injustice. Believe it or not, I even wrote to God for strength, understanding and to express my gratitude. I know, talking and writing can be very therapeutic for people who suffers inside from emotional pain. When you read "I AM" you will be amazed at who "I AM" today, I am!
I believe we owe it to ourselves first of all to exercise our freedom of speech. We also owe it to the silent victims and the victims of the future. This freedom of speech is a step in not just emotional healing but also a deterrence to the offenders/violators that we are not silent anymore and to the non-victims a lesson on why their support to the victims is important. When readers express the relief they feel or felt after telling their painful story, it warms my heart because I know the healing and prevention has begun. I am not a psychiatrist, counselor or any form of mental expert. I cannot and will not give advice in that context. I am a survivor as well as every one else out there. A survivor of pain. I want to tell the world in my own way what and how I survived my pain with the hope that my story will prevent Child Sexual Abuse and encourage others to speak up. My site is configured to take comments and questions that will be answered to the best of my ability.