April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I bet you didn't know that. I didn't know it either until last night when I went to my favorite locally-owned bookstore and saw their huge sign and a table full of books on recovery.
Although sexual assault is one of my personal curses and causes, it hit me that it's important to say (or write) a reminder to all women and men out there who are suffering -- YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There is no such thing as a unique experience. I've had many people say to me regarding my struggle with infertility, "Don't give up!". I always resented this sentiment, as genuine as the speaker might have been. I would never recommend to anyone struggling with any issue to continue indefinitely. I would say instead, don't give up on yourself. There are people who care and who can help, you just need to reach out your hand.
Divorce Resource Center
Exhale (After Abortion Resources)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Sexual Abuse Support Groups
I am not a member of nor have any affiliation with any of the groups or links offered. This is just a small sample of the available resources. Don't despair that you won't ever get over whatever it is...you probably won't. But you will get through it. You may come out of the ditch on the other side dirty, gasping for breath, maybe even bloodied, but you will continue to slog through, one step at a time. I am a survivor. You are too.
Simon & Garfunkle -- Bridge Over Troubled Water mp3
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush -- Don't Give Up mp3