Sexual abuse survivor striving to make any sort of positive impact in others’ lives.
Lately I’ve kept a burden buried deep within my heart.
Lately I’ve remembered my truth.
Lately I’ve had to be silent and patient.
Lately I’ve been busy loving and being loved.
Lately I’ve heard the birds sing.
Lately I’ve felt the warmth of the sun.
Lately I’ve forgotten those scars.
Lately I’ve been healing. -Charissa Sebastian #lifeofanovercomer#metoo#growing#selflove#mentalhealth#prioritize#healingprocess#sexualabuse#timesup .
Lately... I’ve been keeping myself productive with school, work, and family. I apologize that I haven’t been posting as much as I used to and I most of all apologize to myself that I haven’t been writing. I believe that I’m still in the process of healing knowing that the past of mine is not a burden to me anymore and I feel that I’ve been living a well and healthy life. Now that my mind has been unhindered from the abuse, I’m focused and have a clear path on the next chapters of my life. However, I still will be writing more often, sharing my thoughts and poems with you all! If you would like to know what I’ve been up to these past few months, feel free to follow my personal account :) @charissasebastian
This poem justifies my story. My life. My heart. A part of me that I’ve hidden for so many years. At the age of 8 I was sexually molested by a family member. As it is written in this poem, I’ve highlighted 3 stages that I have gone through. During the time frame of my young age, I spoke of the abuse to a few adults but my voice was not heard. The situation was not solved and was simply forgotten. 11 years have passed and I’m willing to stand up again for that little girl that had no power. “1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18. Meaning there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S.” (http://chauciesplace.org/child-sexual-abuse-statistics). I want to speak for the millions of survivors that have experienced child sexual abuse. If you are by any chance reading this and facing an abuse, please do not brush it aside. Speak up and seek justice. It’s never too late. #childabuseawareness#spreadlove#trustinHim#timesup#speaknow#standnow#lifeofanovercomer#survivor#nolongeravictim
•Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children ages 17 and under.
•More than 90% of abusers are people children know, love and trust.
•Evidence that a child has been sexually abused is not always obvious, and many children do not report that they have been abused.
•Sexually abused children who keep it a secret or who "tell" and are not believed are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems often lasting into adulthood.
•An estimated 42 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.
Source: (http://chauciesplace.org/child-sexual-abuse-statistics). Spread the word and protect the children. #sexualabuse#childabuseawareness#nolongeravictim#survivor#timesup#metoo#strength#mentalhealth#poems#quotes#breakthesilence#lifeofanovercomer
in life i’ve learned to look beyond one’s outer appearance... to not judge by their looks, their heritage and roots, wealth and possessions etc. i fell for a predator by asking such simple questions and answering them to myself as if it was all of him. the real questions that should be asked are “is he/she trustworthy?”... “does he/she value you”.. “does he/she accept you for you?”... “how will he/she benefit you in your life?”... “does he/she deserve you?” etc.. i can settle with someone just by their outer appearance. i can view the ocean and be “happy” by what’s just in front of me... but when I close my eyes feeling the ocean’s waves sensing it’s pure presence... i can feel more. dig deeper finding that someone’s everlasting song... it can lead you to everlasting happiness. #lifeofanovercomer#poets#quotes#lovelife#grow#strength#waves#ocean#song#everlastinglove#sexualabuseawareness#timesup#breakthesilence#sexualabuse#metoo