When I started the group, it was because I think so often society focuses and tries to keep you stuck in the negative. I chose not to live in that space because honestly NOTHING GOOD WAS COMING FROM IT! Well, I thought it would be great to share how we are celebrating life after abuse and maybe we could help one another :)
I will go first....:)
I started an organization in 2006 (Every Step Counts) to provide more awareness, create fun filled events to help end violence against women and children and lastly to help celebrate the lives of survivors of abuse! I think this is the most rewarding thing I have ever done and I love that I get to wake up every day thinking of ways to end violence against women & children. I pray that one day I run out of things because the rate of abuse has declined and my services are no longer needed.
You're Welcome!! Thanks for sharing yours. I loved hearing about all you have done for your community. It makes me wish I could do more. I wouldn't even know where to begin.August 31, 2011 - 7:02pm
YOU ROCK SISTER! Doesn't it feel good doing the things that will make your life and the life of your little one better! I wish you well with all of your great accomplishments and thanks for sharing your story!!
I started the group because I wanted help other survivors to begin the healing process. It became apparent to me that we never use the word "celebration" when talking about a survivor of domestic or sexual abuse! However I felt like and I still celebrate EVERYDAY on this side of survival!
My story of abuse began when I was 7 or 8 years of age. My cousin molested me and I think that opened the door for me to become another abuser in my life because I ALLOWED my boyfriend in college and my exhusband to mistreat me! Please do not misunderstand me, NO ONE deserves to be abused however I made excuses for those losers. When a person shows you who they are, BELIEVE THEM! I chose to believe them when they said they really didn't want to hurt me, however they did! The great part of this story is after leaving my ex-husband, I found someone to talk to that helped me learn to LOVE ME and I realized that I lost apart of myself when my cousin molested me and talking to someone helped me reconnect to that part of myself. I married an awesome man and we have been married for 25 years with two beautiful girls and I get to wake up everyday helping other survivors CELEBRATE LIFE ABUSE!August 31, 2011 - 12:53pm
I try to be productive as a I can be. I am no longer and never will be abused my another man. 4 years ago, i was in an abusive relationship, a teenager, a drop out, a mother, no license, no job. no friends, secluded, alone. Today, i stand tall. I have a nice house with a pool. i have a newer car. I have a full time job. I support my now kindergartner. I earned a technical degree, and am now pursuing my undergrads. I am in a relationship founded on friendship with a man I fully trust. I will never go back, only forward. I am a survivor :DAugust 31, 2011 - 10:44am
ms gill can u share your sory of abuse or why u started this group i mean why did u want to helpAugust 12, 2011 - 10:00am
I wish I was, but I can't get out.May 15, 2011 - 7:46pm
You are more than welcome! Send me an email with your location and we can brainstorm :) My email [email protected] and my website: www.estepco.org
Peace & many Blessings to you!!!August 31, 2011 - 8:20pm