"I really wish people would stop blaming the parents as well. I never blamed my parents for being molested. I grew up with two parents in the home and still didn’t escape the statistics."
Hands down, this has been one of the greatest weeks since I’ve started working from my office. It started Monday morning. I was bubbling with excitement to get back to my office. During the month that I was out, I was working from the couch, and it was beginning to become a bore and a little depressing. Through it all, I remained positive. I continued to get up in the morning and still dressed up as if I were going to work. I was determined to keep my work attitude going. I accomplished so much Monday, Tuesday, I did the same thing, and Wednesday, and so forth. Well, now it’s Friday, and I can honestly say that I’ve had a wonderful week. Hopefully you can say the same thing. God has brought us through another workweek, and I’m thankful.
Not only was this a great week, but God has really been showing me some new things about myself. Even though it was hard, scary, and nerve wrecking to leave my job, I have learned so many new things about myself. My entire thought process has even changed. I’m even more dedicated to my cause. I know exactly why I do what I do. I cohosted RAINN DAY with Praise in Motion at Francis Marion University for the fourth year Thursday night, and as I began reading over those stats, the effects of rape, and victim blaming, it reminded me why I do what I do. I know I can’t prevent every case from happening, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try--literally. I know what GOD has called me to do, and that is to spread the message of hope and to spread the awareness of sexual abuse. I don’t have any children, but I can imagine how protective I would be, but targeting the children is the idea of prevention. I know children are vulnerable and so trusting of adults, but they need to know who is allowed to touch them and who isn’t. A lot of parents are not having that conversation in the homes because it’s “uncomfortable.” Would you rather you child find out from experience than from you having that “uncomfortable” conversation? I am so over sharing the stories of mom and dad’s significant others, and grown men and women raping kids. I really wish people would stop blaming the parents as well. I never blamed my parents for being molested. I grew up with two parents in the home and still didn’t escape the statistics. That lets me know we all share the responsibility to spreading awareness. That’s why children are my targets. I don’t want them to go through what I went through. It’s horrible, but thank God I survived and became a better person….and an even more beautiful person. I love who I am. I love what I’ve become, and I’m excited about what’s to come. I’m determined to save as many children as I can, and help as many others who have endured sexual abuse. It’s my duty.