Diane

Do You Care Enough to Help Survivors?

Do you care what happens to adult survivors of child abuse and neglect? Do you want to make a difference in your life and others? Or has it gotten to the point where you are pretty satisfied with how things are going in your life and don’t feel the need to do more?

Diane

Survivors Are Traumatized War Veterans

I have been trying to accomplish several objectives with our website and this blog along with educating survivors and those who care for them. I want to help break down the isolation that so many survivors are coping with, develop an online community where survivors can share their thoughts and feelings with others concerning my blog topics, and promote the understanding that by joining me in my efforts of providing safe havens, they will belong to something greater than themselves—a community of survivors.

Diane

Survivors Helping Each Other

For the past five and a half years, I have been working very hard to do the recruitment, research and planning to establish safe havens for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. I have made presentations to legislators, law enforcement, child advocacy centers, and colleges/universities in an attempt to raise awareness about the magnitude of the problem. Sometimes it feels like it will take forever, however, we are making great progress.

Diane

EDCI's First Annual "Opening Doors" Fundraiser

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We are very happy to announce that our First Annual "Opening Doors" Fundraiser took place on April 12, 2013, and it was a success! It was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. John McCarthy, Montgomery County's State's Attorney, was our guest speaker.

Diane

A Safe Place to Go

During the 23 years I spent in therapy recovering from the brutal abuse I suffered when growing up, there were many times I mentally crawled out of my therapist’s office and sat in the waiting room. It wasn’t uncommon for me to sit there for 15-20 minutes so that I could stabilize long enough to safely drive home. I often said to my therapist, “I wish there was somewhere safe to go where I can be in a comfortable environment, do fun things, and be around people who understand what I am going through.” I made a promise to myself that one day I would work to make such a place available to other survivors. That day has come.