We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 11

This is the final post of my sharing some of the comments that survivors have posted over the years. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and/or experiences on any of my posts (past or future). I understand that stigma and shame are some of the reasons we find it difficult to speak out, it took me a long time to feel safe sharing my story. I hope we are all able to "find our voice" and be heard. 

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 10

This is the second to last blog in the Child Abuse Survivors' Voices series. I hope reading about other survivors' experiences has been inspiring, comforting and helped you feel less isolated knowing that you are not alone out there. 

Recent Comments
johndt41
I was abused from birth and abused in all ways. I was abused by parents, extended family and people outside the family including ... Read More
Monday, 27 July 2015 18:16
Diane
John, I am saddened by your story, but am glad you were able to share it. As long as the American public, our Presidents, and Cong... Read More
Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:17

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 9

Over the past 10 years, many survivors have posted comments on blogs I have written (We Are Survivors Blog). I have taken many of the survivors’ public comments and am sharing them with you. Both their pain and hope for a better future are common threads.

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 8

Here are three more comments from survivors that I think we can all identify with.

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 7

More comments from survivors that have publicly shared their thoughts over the many years I have been writing We Are Survivors Blog

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 6

Over the past 10 years, many survivors have posted comments on blogs I have written (We Are Survivors Blog).  I have taken many of the survivors’ public comments and am sharing them with you. Here you can see how deep the impact of abuse/neglect affects one's spirit and how society's denial perpetuates needless suffering. 

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 5

By making our voices heard and speaking out, we can begin to make a difference in this world. These comments reveal the shame survivors face every day.

Recent Comments
Secretary45
My mother turned the family against me and they are disappointed in me so I became estranged. My mother is now dead but my father ... Read More
Monday, 06 July 2015 18:15
Diane
I am very sorry your family has treated you this way, however, sadly you are not alone. Most abusive families do the same thing, i... Read More
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:40

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 4

In this post, I chose survivor comments that speak of his/her struggle of self-acceptance. This is a monumental task that all survivors face. Hopefully, by sharing our voices we can lessen the pain of our healing journey.

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 3

Over the past 10 years, many survivors have posted comments on blogs I have written (We Are Survivors Blog).  I have taken many of the survivors’ public comments and am sharing them with you. Both their pain and hope for a better future are common threads.

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 2

Over the past 10 years, many survivors have posted comments on blogs I have written (We Are Survivors Blog).  I have taken many of the survivors’ public comments and am sharing them with you. Both their pain and hope for a better future are common threads.

Recent Comments
Ptperez
Behind closed door. . . Incest!? . . . Maybe in Applachia. Not here!
Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:29
Diane
I know you are being sarcastic, but unfortunately, that is what a lot of people think - rich or poor - "It doesn't happen in our n... Read More
Friday, 26 June 2015 10:37

Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 1

Over the past 10 years, many survivors have posted comments on blogs I have written (We Are Survivors Blog).  I have taken many of the survivors’ public comments and am sharing them with you. Both their pain and hope for a better future are common threads.

Recent Comments
Ptperez
Thank you Diane. It is so important to hear these voices
Monday, 22 June 2015 15:49
Diane
My next set of blogs will be a continuation of survivors voices. I am thankful they were able to talk about their concerns openly.... Read More
Monday, 22 June 2015 16:32

Putting Isolation on Ice

“I’m all alone and nobody understands me or what I’m going through.”  As an adult survivor of child abuse and neglect, do you ever feel that way?  Starved for love, nurturing, a sense of community, positive relationships and intimacy?  Afraid of people, and uncertain of how to act in social situations?  If so, you actually have plenty of company—such feelings of isolation are extremely common among adult survivors.  And there is hope.  This guide answers common questions adult survivors have about the nature, methods and effects of isolation.  It also describes the benefits of overcoming isolation and presents a spectrum of practical strategies specifically geared to helping adult survivors climb rung by rung out of the well of isolation, at their own pace.1


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