Friend of a Survivor

Friend of a survivor,

As a friend of a survivor you go through a lot of thinking and reflecting. You wonder Why? How come? You wonder how this could have happened to him. Then you stop and think that he wasn’t sexually abused as the man I know today, but as the child I never met. Once I knew what he went through as a child, I was able to understand why my friend did certain things as an adult. This has been a complete learning experience for me. Prior to my friend, I had never been exposed to someone who was sexually abused and had no idea of the destruction that it caused to my friend for the rest of his life.

I have seen my friend go through the unraveling of his personal life because of these horrible acts he has encountered. I see and hear my friend work towards recovery every day. I also see him going through therapy and his strong desire for recovery.

Sexual abuse has always been a sore spot for me, even before I had my own children. To me, there isn’t anything worse that could happen in world then for a child to be sexually abused.

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