Steps to recovery

Jul 2, 2020 | survivor-stories

When I was 7 my brother molested me. It took me a while to finally recognize myself as a victim because it still scares and embarrassed me, but I have realized that after denying everything, it’s time to start healing, so I wanted to share my story. He started by showing me his privates and watching me in the shower, but then made me touch him, would force himself on me, and kiss me. I knew it was wrong but he was my brother and I was very confused. Growing up I had several panic attacks, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t go to sleepovers because of the fear and anxiety from what he had done. I never connected the dots and kept denying myself as a victim. Sharing my story is the second step in my healing, I don’t want to feel alone anymore, I want to go through this with someone. I still will probably never tell my parents, because it would do nothing, he is in the marines now and I know he would never do this again. I just want to finally let go and share my story. If anyone has advice on healing please share.

What advice would you offer to encourage others?

Acceptance and realization is the first and hardest but most important step to recovery.

 – Roger, Survivor

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