“I Believe You.” Three Words That Can Change Everything

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About Elisabeth Corey

Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and ritual sex abuse.  Her education in social work and her personal experiences as a survivor inform her intimate discussion about the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of trauma recovery, which she discusses on her blog at http://www.stolenchildhood.wordpress.com.  She writes about breaking the cycle of abuse through conscious parenting, navigating intimate relationships as a survivor, balancing the memory recovery process with daily life, coping with self-doubt, and overcoming the physical symptoms of a traumatic childhood.

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  1. I love that this story is getting out there! Keep going! You’re making a difference!

  2. This is true for any type of abuse. I lived with an emotionally abusive husband for twenty years. Whenever I open up to someone, I inevitably feel dismissed and not believed. I am too sensitive, it is not possible for a person to act like that. Even friends will ask me to stop talking because they just can’t “handle” it and it couldn’t be that bad, and I’m only giving the vaguest of pictures of what I went through. If someone tells you they were abused, believe them. And know you are not nearly hearing the worst of it.

    • Absolutely. Most abuse victims will start with some test information to gauge the reaction of the person they are opening up to. If they react well, the victim will say more. Unfortunately, when they react poorly, the trauma continues.

  3. Thank you so much for speaking out Elisabeth. Your bravery will help to ensure our next generation of children do not have to endure what you went through. To me, sexual abuse prevention education is key. I have a poster on my blog I think you will really relate to (link: http://somesecrets.info/blog/2012/12/10/listen) . It is all about believing a child. Many thanks for your voice. Jayneen x

  4. It disgusts me that there are people who will treat an abuse victim badly. I’ve had many people open up to me about their abuse, it’s heart breaking but I listen n let them know I’m there for them and believe them.

  5. Dear friend,
    Thank you for sharing your experience and glad I know these words of support for the future. On those dayswhen it gets hard, remind yourself how much your strength-to learn to live, to, speak out and even reach out tothe rest of us- has helped so many people. You are an inspiration.

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