I've been hibernating. The cold has officially taken over Minnesota and this is the time of the year when I tend to draw inward a bit more and hide.
Hearing more and more about Penn State and all of other the awful things people do to each other every day just makes me want to shut off the world and take a nap.
Sorry I haven't been around much. I'm working on finding that fine line between sharing my stories and completely baring my soul. I'm finding that I'm a little more emotionally fragile than I thought. I visited with my therapist and got my head screwed on a little straighter and think I'm feeling ready.
I was on the computer tonight and ran across a clip about The 5 Browns, a very talented family from Utah. If you haven't heard of them, here you go:
Now here is the story I saw. I think there was a reason I needed to see it today:
I have so much respect for this family for sharing their story with such grace and bravery. They have started an organization called The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse.The focus of this organization is to “provide hope, encouragement and empowerment to survivors of abuse everywhere by working to remove the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse.”
My abuser was never prosecuted for his crimes because the statute of limitations had expired in the states where the abuse occurred. I went through this agonizing process of disclosure, only to be told that there was nothing that could be done. I believe that people who sexually abuse children should pay for their crimes no matter how long it takes to catch them and no matter how long it takes for the survivors to find the courage to come forward.
I'll be doing more research about the FSA but am pretty sure that this is the organization that will be receiving donations as a result of my blog advertising. Today is also the day that I officially install the code to start the advertising on my blog. Reading the story of the Brown family is what gave me the encouragement to step forward and make a difference.