Been there, done that - and now I'm doing something about it for others!

Carolyn - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi to all. I was molested as a child between the ages of 7-15 years. At 18 I moved into an abusive marriage that evolved into domestic violence. I always focused on protecting my two children from the abuse, violence and rage that was the norm in our household. Often, I felt guilty for not getting them out of the situation sooner. Today they are both happily married and have wonderful families of their own - FUNCTIONAL families - and I am so proud of both of them - their spouses and all 4 of my precious grandgirls.

I captured my experiences in my memoirs, which was published in 2008: ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused - Her Victorious Journey to Freedom. After 16+ years of abuse, humiliation and degradation, I got a divorce. My life has been filled with trauma and junk, but once I got to the other side of that dark place, I decided I was going to take all the evil and turn it to the good, to help others find their own place of restoration, hope and encouragement. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't no train!

Since the book's release, I have had the honor of traveling around the country, speaking and motivating others, working with organizations who help victims of domestic violence and rape/molestation/abuse, and have become a strong advocate working with them to accomplish an awareness of domestic violence. The statistics say for every 3 who read this, at least 1 of you will have been a victim of domestic violence.

My strong desire is now to move into working with college-aged girls, military spouses and faith-based groups, helping to educate the latter in a more successful way to keep victims safe. Any help you can afford in those areas will be appreciated.

Also, EverydayHealth.com has asked me to become a regular contributor for their website. My blog on Emotional Wellbeing captures a lot of information and encouragement for those dealing with depression, abuse and domestic violence. At one time, I felt the only way out was suicide. Now I have everything to live for.

Please feel free to visit my blog and/or my website, and drop me a line. I am truly here to share how I managed to get past all the darkness and step into a glorious place of light, love and life.

http://www.orangeblossomwishes.com

http://www.everydayhealth.com/blogs/emot...

Hugs to all,
Carolyn S. Hennecy

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Kelli - posted on 04/08/2010

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You are an incredible story to all of us survivors and still victims, Carolyn. I am a three time survivor from three different men. I guess I just attract them. But you are the kind of woman I yearn to become. I am trying to get very involved in helping victims of domestic abuse and especially want to help free battered women who have killed their abusers. I started another community, Moms Against Spousal Violence if anyone wants to join, it would be wonderful. Thanks for being such an inspiration Carolyn. Keep up the wonderful work. God bless you and the work you are doing for others.



Hugs.

Kelli

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