The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
One of the most important things a survivor of sexual abuse needs to know is they are not alone, that are believed and that healing is possible.
This week, our friends at The Younique Foundation launched an effort to celebrate the incredible strength and courage of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and offer hope to thousands of survivors whose voices are too often. Their video, inspired by the Japenese art form, Kintsugi, of mending broken pottery with gold lacquer with the idea that the piece is not broken by its cracks but the breakage becomes part of the beauty and strength of the piece.
Sexual abuse is a shattering experience but survivors of sexual abuse should not be shrouded in silence and shame – we can we create a world where ALL survivors are supported and believed.
Currently, 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18, according to the Center for Disease Control. It’s a silent epidemic that harms everyone it touches.
Too many survivors have been unseen and unheard for years. We want them to know that they are not alone and that healing is possible. Together, we can create a culture that believes and supports survivors.
Whether you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or someone who wants to help, please find more information at The Younique Foundation, whose mission is to give adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse the tools they need to find healing and hope: www.youniquefoundation.org/hope.
If you or someone you know needs help, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is here to help. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org. For resources specifically for men who experienced childhood sexual abuse or an unwanted sexual experience, please visit 1in6 at www.1in6.org and or visit the 1in6 Online Support Line at 1in6.org/men/get-help.