Today I spoke to Paulie, his story is in my book. He has been struggling to overcome the trauma abuse leaves behind-but he is determined to continue the battle. Many of us are in the corner with him.
After an hour or so the last thing he said was he felt like going to the gym...then we booked another call in two weeks. Funny, I felt like going to the gym too. Interesting how two souls can connect under the umbrella of something pretty awful yet inspire each other. I have experienced a lot of that in the last two years.
I didn't go to the gym though I did go and rake leaves between the snow fall. I also reached for my guitar and began writing a song with his spirit behind my words and music.
So much healing happens in connecting with others who have been down the same road.
More than anything else today, I want Paulie, and anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, to know that you are not alone. There will be setbacks during your healing process but keep reaching out, asking for support and believing.
A place where you have a voice.