All posts tagged: sexual trauma

#Fearless Family: An Open Letter To My Abuser – I Forgive You

By No Longer A Victim #Fearless Family Writer To My Abuser: When you first came into my life, I had no idea you would be one of my worst nightmares. I looked up to you as a father figure, a friend. Little did I know it was all a disguise to get what you really wanted…me. You not only took my innocence, my happiness, and those 2 years of my life, but you also took away future years of confidence, countless nights of wonderful dreams, trust in others (including the man who is now my husband), and feelings of safety. Over 10 years later, and I still have nights where I relive what you did to me in my dreams. It took me years to learn to not cringe or shy away when my husband gets close to me. I now live in a state of anxiety of people who get too close to my daughter, terrified that the same thing might happen to her. She’s only 5, and yet I’ve already begun teaching her …

#Fearless Quote of the Week: May 22-May 28

This week’s QOTW was chosen by Brittany L., a #Fearless community member. See why she chose it and what it is below: “I never fully understood this quote until I got older. Negative moments in one’s past have a way to coming back to haunt them years later. Over 10 years later, I still have times where my childhood abuse rears it’s ugly head and tries to destroy the amazing life I’ve built. It is in those moments that I choose to become stronger, wiser, and remember that my abuse does not define me. I’ve learned to forgive my abuser, not for him, but so I can move on. Running only prolongs the inevitable, and you will never move on if you run. It may be the hardest thing you every do (I know it was for me), but turning around to face your past and learn from it will be the most profound part of your life.” Do you want to be featured on #Fearless? It’s as simple as sending in your favorite inspirational quote, …