At Lori’s Song, we believe that no person needs to be alone; everybody deserves to get the support and help needed to overcome the trauma of child abuse.
Do you feel alone, scared, isolated, and unsure why your life feels as though it is falling apart around you? Do you feel that nobody understands you or that you don’t even know why you feel so low and depressed when to the outside world your life looks wonderful? Do you have glimpses of memories that your childhood was not the picture everybody else paints? That all those smiling photos of when you were younger are not real? Do you have vivid memories of such pain from your childhood that it completely overwhelms you? Do you have symptoms of depression, eating disorders, drug or alcohol dependencies, and relationship difficulties, lack of confidence, self-worth, and phobias? Do you deal with flashbacks or disturbed sleep patterns? Have you lost the fun part of you, or have you never been able to find it?
We know that these are all just a few after effects that people who have been abused as children have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. On average, one in four women has been abused as a child and one in seven men have been abused, and this sadly is only the ones that have been statistically recorded as intervention from authorities has taken place at some point. (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention 2006). There are many unrecorded cases, and it is only as adults these people are able to find their voices and seek support and help. By then, the trauma has impacted their lives in so many ways: it can take many years of therapy, at times medication and understanding, and caring support to undo the damage that has occurred.
We believe that our pasts do not dictate who we are: instead we can chose to learn, grow, and overcome to be the people we were meant to be. We can take back the power and control in our lives and to strive to be wholesome people with that joy in our hearts that was stripped away by perpetrators when we were children.
If you are a survivor of child abuse and you are here reading this right now, you already are making positive changes to your life. You are taking back your power.
You are here because you are looking for help. Take that next step and join our online community via the message forum where you will meet people who understand how you feel. You will be cared about, appreciated, listened to, and, most importantly, understood. You will no longer need to feel so alone.