I want you to introduce you to my BRAVE friend Rachel. Recently her father was sentenced to serve 61 years for three different charges of sexual assault/rape of persons under 14. HERE IS her story of BRAVERY!!
For my entire life, I’ve held on to some awful secrets. I was afraid to share because of the shame that it would bring, of the feelings that it may hurt, and of the consequences that may have come. Well now, thanks to the bravery and strength of one victim and her family, I feel that I don’t have to hold on anymore.
This man is my father. He hurt so many people that are close to me, and this trial is just the tip of the iceberg. For as long as I can remember, I’ve held on to the shame of his actions as if it were my own. I let it hold me back from feeling happiness and joy and freedom. I was made to believe that I didn’t deserve any of these things, and I developed an addiction to sadness because I convinced myself that it was all that I deserved to feel. Over the last year or so, I’ve finally come to realize that I don’t need hold on to this so tightly. It’s not my guilt. It’s not my shame. It’s his. And I’ve begun to release it.
I’m sharing this because I want every person that has been made to believe that their life is insignificant, or that they don’t deserve happiness, or that their voice doesn’t matter to know that those things couldn’t be further from the truth. You are SO INCREDIBLY WORTHY of happiness, and joy, and all of the light and love that this world has to offer. Your life, your voice, and all that you are holds so much value. YOU ARE STRONG. And you do not need to hold on to someone else’s guilt or fear or shame because you are light, and you deserve to be treated as such.
I want to send all of my love to every victim of abuse. My heart truly breaks for you. I hope that you will be able to find peace in your heart, strength in your soul, and that you’ll able to find your voice as I begin to find mine again.