Some might question why I would remove the comments about abuse from my author bio and blog. The answer is simple for me and not all will agree. I am a survivor, I am not a victim. I am over it, I have worked through it, I no longer find the monster under my bed or in my head, and I have forgiven and let go. I was a survivor before, and the only reason I commented on it in my author bio and blog was to try to explain the dark nature that exists in some of my poetry and in my novel. Now, I no longer find the need to explain it. I am who I am, and my writing is what it is. What happened is in the past, and I have moved on. I will live my life as I feel the need to do, and others can live their life as they feel they need to. No one has to agree with me, nor do they have to believe as I believe. Having it on my page opened the door to many things from others that I simply do not need in my life.
I think that's great to have support groups, and I absolutely believe that more people need to speak up. However, I am not a counselor. I encourage anyone who is going through it or who needs help to please seek that help from qualified professionals and groups that are designed for it. (See below if you aren't sure where to look for help.)
I will speak out when I believe it will help someone, and I will help others in need in my own ways.
May you find your way through the darkness,
Need help and not sure where to look?
National HotlinesNational Domestic Violence Hotline
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network