Twenty years ago, I wrote this story for me, for my healing. But I also had others in mind who might have walked in my shoes and needed validation, to be seen and feel safe in their vulnerability, to know that their feelings and experiences were authentic and not something to hide.

Considering the “#me too” movement in our world today, I want women who find themselves in similar situations, to be brave about their stories. People in positions of power in the entertainment and political spheres are being exposed, and now the spiritual arena is being exposed as well.

I urge victimized women to no longer believe the lies by which they’ve been manipulated in the past when their thoughts were held captive by their abuser. Tell your story and begin the process of healing. Be challenged. As your sisters hear your story, they will be encouraged and strengthened as well. I know that I’m extraordinarily grateful to the army of women who’ve marched alongside and listened to me through my continuing healing. I don’t think the pain ever goes away, it remains part of your DNA, part of who you are. The healing does continue though as you no longer give the pain the power to dictate your everyday life. 

Why should you tell your story?

….and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

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