At least a million times I have asked myself THAT question. The question that haunted and terrified me, the question that lurked in every corner of my mind.
“Should I tell?”
Should I tell someone that my youth pastor was abusing me? Should I tell someone that he raped me? That question just brought on more questions. Would anyone believe me? Would anyone care? Would they look at me differently from here on out? Would they judge me? Would they call me names? Would they say I asked for it? Would someone believe me and help me?
I was a mess. I was sick. And I just wanted it to all go away. All of it. There was so much
to tell, I just knew people wouldn’t believe it.
But, of course, it didn’t go away. And I finally told. I came out of the shadows….of my own fears, shame and misplaced guilt. And it was the best decision I ever made!
I now walk in freedom and strength. Of course, it hasn’t been without its struggles, but it has been oh so very worth it! I want to help others find the same strength and freedom. I KNOW many are asking themselves the same questions I asked myself. I know, because I’ve met them and talked with them. They are struggling and need someone. They are haunted by memories and questions.
This is why Out of the Shadows was started. It is to help people. It is to walk alongside those who are struggling and afraid. It is to answer questions and let people know they are NOT alone.
I hope you will allow me to stay in contact with you. I would like to share my journey and keep you informed of what we are doing at Out of the Shadows. I am excited about the difference I believe Out of the Shadows will make in the lives of many people.
If you have any questions I’d love to hear from you.
If you would like to help us with your financial support we would be very grateful. We are currently producing a professional video to share my story. I want to thank Brent Tallent, owner of Brent Tallent Video Productions for his generosity in volunteering his time and considerable talent in the production of this professional video. Your financial support will allow us to cover the necessary travelling expenses to complete the remaining video shoot. We are in need of $600 to make this happen. I want to thank you for any support you can provide. To make your donation please click here. Please keep in mind your gift is tax deductible. Thank you.