Please allow us to introduce you to a foundation that speaks to you, a victim of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. We started this foundation, Let Go...Let Peace Come In with the hope of helping adult survivors find the healing and support necessary to begin their journey to recovery. Childhood sexual abuse is a widespread crime that is perpetrated upon children of both sexes. It is inflicted by men and women of all races and creeds. Childhood sexual abuse happens in the poorest neighborhoods and the most affluent towns throughout the world. Childhood sexual abuse happens in homes that practice no religion and it happens in those homes that preach religion. Childhood sexual abusers do not discriminate and their prey is a diverse group. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse have universally one thing in common; they were controlled and manipulated by their abusers and unwillingly driven to a point of shame and fear. It is our goal to show those who have been exploited and those who love them, that there is a path to recovery and it begins with telling your story.
The childhood sexual abuse we experienced has impacted our entire lives and while through much of that journey we felt shame, fear, and loneliness we realize now, after entering recovery that the shame comes from holding in such a desperate secret. Many of us fell into one or multiple addictions not realizing that the addiction was just one of the many symptoms of the childhood sexual abuse and that we had been awakened to this nightmare that caused the total ruination of our present lives. With an estimated 60 million survivors of sexual abuse and trauma in the United States and hundreds of millions worldwide, the time has come to shed light on how these perpetrations have shaped our behaviors through adulthood and why each survivor needs support and help to enter recovery and begin their healing journey.
Many cultures teach children to fear and to be wary of strangers from the youngest age, but far too often sex crime perpetrators and pedophiles are adults a child already knows. For this reason alone, the breach of trust is a wound that runs deep and can take years to heal.
Many sexually abused children grow into disconnected adults functioning on the margins of society because of their deep scars. The goal of the foundation is to reconnect victims of childhood sexual abuse and trauma with the mental health services they need, including peer support.
The mission of Let Go, Let Peace Come In is to bring healing, support, and awareness to the hundreds of millions of adult childhood sexual abuse survivors and their families worldwide. We plan to enact change within the healthcare systems, political systems, and societies by teaching and educating through the current technologies. We will weave our message of peace, hope, recovery and happiness into the fabric of these societies by integrating published materials with video, audio and Internet media throughout the world. And we will raise money for a non-profit fund to provide the financial assistance necessary to start survivors of childhood sexual abuse on the path to recovery “one” survivor at a time.
Your help and support is needed to make a difference. There are many organizations already addressing the prevention and detection of childhood sexual abuse in children, but the focus of “Let Go, Let Peace Come In” is to show that the damage is both deeper and wider to adult individuals and to our society than previously thought. We need survivors to both speak and to be listened to, something we could not do as children. It is time to end the silence. Pictures and statements give a much needed human dimension to statistics and sharing our stories helps us to bring peace and personal change to each other. We're hopeful that you will be part of the healing process by sending us a childhood photo and caption or any other photo you feel comfortable with, so that we can depict and support the transformation of all survivors around the world to learn how to live again. With your story together we can enact change and start the healing process. If you do not have a childhood photo available we do have both male and female silhouettes that can be used next to your original caption.
Together we can; Together we should; Together we need to heal and become emotionally and physically healthy adults by addressing our abuse and following a path to recovery. We should do this first for ourselves because we deserve the right to have peace and second the healthier we become the more likely it is that our future generations will be healthier emotional human beings.
Only survivors throughout the world can change the below accepted statement:
"The taboo against talking about incest is stronger than the taboo against doing it."
- Maria Sauzier, M.D.
Incest refers to any sexual activity between closely related people or people a child loves and trusts, that is illegal or socially taboo.