Overcoming horrific child abuse: one sister’s journey

“I am extremely proud of myself for the woman I have become. I am married to a wonderful man. I own my business. I even help other young women in the aspect of abuse.”

The words of a sister who told me that she overcame years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those closest to her. Today she tells her story anonymously, not so much for herself but surprisingly for her abusers. She notes that they all have families now and she does not want to destroy the lives they have built by publicly exposing them.

“Some people may not understand why I want to protect them, but I have forgiven them. I love my nieces and nephews and I don’t want to destroy them by… naming their fathers,” she told me.