Only when he began to confront what had been so long hidden did David begin to free himself from its effects.
“[My therapist] just said, it–was–not–your–fault. And just like that—something huge changed.”
With his faith in God and in himself, and with the help of an “angel,” Dennis is turning around a life marred by sexual trauma and drug abuse.
Faith, loving parents, his stalwart father, and musical talent helped David reclaim his life and recover from a childhood rape that could have shattered him.
With the steadfast support of his wife, and with capable hands that turn found objects into sculpture, Dugal has confronted the past and become a leader for fellow survivors.
“I went from being kind of in an autopilot state of mind through life, to being a part of life.”
Faith and determination have helped Don to overcome the abuse he suffered and to look ahead to a career in counseling fellow survivors.
“Realize that after a time you’ve gotta do something about it or suffer for the rest of your life.”
“I need to get out in front of this and not be afraid to disclose and … to deal with it.”
Ed has battled against abuse, bullying, betrayal and indifferent government agencies. He’s now setting his sights on a new start in a very different land.
Abused as a child by a priest, it was in prison that Emery re-connected with his Maori roots and found the strength to pursue healing and re-connection with fellow survivors.
A sublime sense of humor, an iron will, and talking with fellow survivors are helping Eelim to overcome the legacies of severe trauma.
“It was actually the hardest thing I’ve been through, but at the same time talking became the easiest thing I’ve ever done, once I had taken the leap of faith.”
Drops of love enabled Eric to survive his violence-marred childhood, and to transform his suffering into a motive for action.
“These words need to be spoken, and not just for me. We all need to acknowledge what we are all surrounded by.”
Gino credits his faith in God and loving family – his wife and three children – with giving the strength to overcome his traumatic childhood.