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.
Many people have told me to just open up a place and see what happens. Others have said, “In this economy, it can’t be done.” I don’t accept either option. With all that I have overcome, I believe that by helping others, a way will be made, and I will be opening these Centers one way or another.
Before we open the door to our first Center, we will have a sound business plan with opportunity for growth because we owe that to all the survivors who are looking for a better future. These are not going to be my Centers. I have recovered from my trauma. These will be Centers for the tens of millions of survivors who are hanging on by a thread, who desperately want a better life, and who want to help other survivors.
I hope survivors will begin commenting on articles I have written about building our Centers so that others will join in with their thoughts and support. Some survivors have been emailing me, which is fine, but it is important for survivors to be more open and share their thoughts on this website for others to see.
As I have said before, we can’t stand by any longer and wait for society to help us out. Too many survivors need help today. I look forward to any suggestions and input you may have to make the EDCI Centers a reality. Going forward, I will be providing more detail about exactly what we have been doing—some of which I wrote about in A Safe Place to Go. Input from survivors and those who care for them will be greatly appreciated.