2:35 PM PDT, August 14, 2009 What a clever sentence. It's use intrigues me since it has zillions of possibilities. At the moment it's tied in with Obama and the people who are fed up with his high spending sprees and a health care bill that is nonsensical. But I forsee a broader scope that needs to be addressed that we can tag with the above line.
60 billion people in America are sexual abuse survivors. Is that number big enough? Is it beyond your scope to even imagine? And the number, despite countless non profits and blogs that are working to end it or at least change the number, keeps rising. That means one in three women and one in six men are going to experience childhood sexual abuse. The mind boggles. That many people need an oasis in the midst of their lives. For the damage done by unrepaired childhood sexual abuse follows your entire life. And without proper treatment they are spiraling into a downward turn towards suicide, addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, food, relationships , promiscuity, obesity, mental health problems, compulsive obsessive behavior, low self esteem, eating disorders, manic-depressive behavior, physical health problems and severe depression. That's a long list. Look around you. How many are buried in a life filled with one or more of these. Are you?
There is help available, lots of it. But does it work? Are you one of those who have spent so much money to try to get well, who have 12 stepped for years and are still having problems, who have gone to seminars, retreats, workshops with no avail, have spent a small fortune with therapy? Surely there is a solution out there that works.
There is! Take a look at www.thelamplighters.org. See the movement I am hoping will one day be world wide. At the moment we have 41 chapters in six countries. It's a start. Take a look at REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery From Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse. It, and the children's version REPAIR For Kids can be seen on amazon.com. See the five star reviews. It is a model for recovery that WORKS! If you join or start a Lamplighter chapter near you and begin to work on REPAIRing the damage done to you (WHICH WAS NOT YOUR FAULT!!!). You too can have a motto of "If I'd have known life was going to turn out this good I would have started it sooner." That was me. I went from being married to my third abuser, suicidal, filled with despair, living part time in a women's shelter to being the happiest person I know.
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