Friday, 23 March 2012
Beyond Survivor – Rising from the ashes of childhood sexual abuse
Why “Beyond Survivor” ?
I have survived much in the last four decades. From abuse in all forms,
ill health, living on the streets, to business bankruptcy and personal
financial ruin. I have found my way through and out of all these. In the
process I found my voice!
Due to the way society views abuse very few men feel able to speak about
what happened to them and many live a life in the shadows of the abuse
they endured. I hope to be able to make these men see that they can
speak out and seek help. There is life after abuse. Being a survivor is
one heck of an achievment. Getting beyond surviving to the point of
thriving is within the grasp of every survivor, male or female. We
should all get to “Beyond Survivor”.
a mix of poetry, prose and advice, some of which has been previously
published on this website. Much is new work not released before.
be doing any of this. I dedicate this first book to you all. Thank you!
for male survivors of sexual abuse and the other will be a novel based
on my own life and experiences.
written, spoken, and unspoken. For so many years my voice was not heard,
I expressed myself through my writing.
was able to escape through the writings of others and eventually through
my own attempts. Writing enabled me to express the pain, and the shame,
of what I experienced. It later helped me to cleanse myself, to heal
through the medium of writing.
I seem to have lived an early life surrounded by abuse of some sort. At a
very early age, I was sexually abused by my grandfather. This went on
for about twelve years. Others were invited to use me as they wished.
There was also mental, emotional, and physical abuse from other family
members. My body was almost broken, my mind fractured, but no one seemed
to notice. I grew up thinking it was my fault, I deserved it.
Male survivors live within a society where a stigma surrounds the abuse
of boys. It took me a long time to find my voice, to be able to share
the horrors that tormented me for over three decades. I hope my words
help you to understand.
Interview by Dr Nicola Davies Health Psychology Consultancy
Facebook Page “Beyond Survivor”
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