Because that’s how survivors are built. One shared story at a time. One encouraging word at a time. One hug at a time.
I discovered an Latina artist named Carla Morrison, and now I’m a fan. Carla is a three-time Grammy winner with two Grammy nominations and three studio albums.
Yep. If you have a heart, it’s probably been broken. That’s probably why songs about unrequited love outsell those about happily ever after. Great art, like great growth, comes from pain.
It turns out she was dripping with demons, too, which reared up about a year into their relationship and roared like an uncontained forest fire, burning through everyone around her. But his love for her kept him at her side through shattering tantrums, suicide threats, night terrors, a gut-wrenching eating disorder.
It sucked to be Adam. But he put his faith in the power of love.
I remember when I was a morose teenager, I used to look at my retired grandmother and think, “I wish I could just skip to where she is in life.” Meaning, I wish I could bypass all the hard work and life lessons and just coast until the end. I’m reminded of that time and mindset every time I hear
After delving into this dynamic artist’s life, I realize I really don’t know life at all.
This week, in honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, I thought I’d share some resources in the hopes that survivors can find help and validation through fellow survivor’s stories, and successful tools to use on their own paths to healing–including a resource for male victims of sexual assault.