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Words of Hope & Healing
Childhood sexual abuse is an invisible, painful, debilitating and shattering crime to the mind, body and soul. Many survivors never reveal their secret. However, exposing the crime releases the trauma and can help minimize the after effects. In recent years, survivors are coming forward and breaking the silence and perpetrators are finally being brought to justice. Their evil secret finally emerges from its code of silence and finally our culture is beginning to expose this hidden horror. Yes, sexual abuse, especially incest is a hidden horror, a horror no child should live. Understanding the truth and believing the survivor begins to replace denial and gives the survivor the validation and the peace they need to move forward. Keep breaking the silence SURVIVORS. -Cecibel Contreras



Sexual abuse deceives a child's mind in many ways. I often look upon it as being placed in a concrete cell with no windows or doors, packed full of people I could not trust. As the years went on the people of the cell multiplied,but the room became smaller. When I became an adult I didn't know how to think outside that cell until someone before me showed me the secret door to freedom.
"Where is the key?", I asked. "It is in your voice", she replied.
That day forward I chose to be a prisoner of hope not of the mind. I encourage you to use that key today! Malisia McKinney




Everyday is a new day, yet we still experience painful memories as we go about our day. I want to share something that has helped me. Our hurt inner child feels abandoned and alone due to abuse. As an adult now, we have the choice to parent that child. It is good to simplify your life so that you have time to "feel and heal." It can be scary to feel the intense emotions from abuse. A good exercise is to speak to yourself (inner child) at these moments the way you needed someone to speak to you when you were young. Example " It's not your fault, I love you, you are safe now and so courageous." Sometimes I write to my inner child with the intention to help heal her/myself. This is a powerful way to love and honor ourselves. Healing Together- Maureen Petro​



We can choose to let situations control us and turn us into perpetual victims, or we can acknowledge and accept that these things have happened in our lives but we are bigger and stronger than any of that. Rise above and live a life filled with purpose.
-Leyla Hur



LORD my God, I cried out to You,And You healed me.O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.Psalm 30:2-3


The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7


Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5


Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. Psalm 6:2


Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19



For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17


For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:8)

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)