There are thousands of abuse articles describing the effects that survivors of abuse go through. As unique as the victims are, so are their stories of child abuse, whether it is physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. It is a prevalent theme in our communities and statistics vary by type of abuse. For women, it is reported that one in four young women in the U.S. will sometime in their life fall prey to sexual abuse, date rape, or other forms of abuse against women.
However, there is freedom from the guilt and shame that survivors of abuse face, whether the abuse occurred yesterday, or forty years ago. Esther L., a school bus driver, shares her story of child abuse and journey to recovery after years of hidden shame and grief.
Esther’s story of recovery is just one of many that survivors of abuse can use to turn their tragedy to triumph. Her message is clear, find what works for you and claim victory over your past. Resources to help survivors of abuse are local community agencies, and private agencies such as the Open Hearts Ministry located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.