I think about the people who have helped me on my journey to healing. I think of my husband who loves me and has brought laughter into my life. I think of my spiritual director who treats me like I am a special child of God, a person with worth and value. And then there are the friends and fellow survivors who have reached out and touched my life in a healing way.
In many ways, all of these people have saved my life.
And now I am now reaching out to help others who are survivors. I've written a book and I give talks and I write and I tell my story in order to help others who cannot speak.
How many people have been helped because I was helped?
We may not end child abuse in our lifetime. But we can help just one person. And then that one person can help others. One person at a time can turn into many more people. It is that whole ripple effect thing.
And I am not just talking about the ripple effect on other survivors. How about our friends and family who love us and have had to suffer along with us? Our loved ones who have had to deal with the effects the abuse has had on us. Those who have had to live in our roller coaster world of ups and downs. They, too, can be helped if we are helped.
The ripple effect.
Save one life and you save the world.