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I'm not entirely sure how to start this post. I've wanted to do this for awhile now and recently I have felt extremely confident in what I'm about to explain. When I was in middle school I was sexually abused. Not many people outside of my family know this about me because I have always been extremely embarrassed of it. Now that I'm getting older and learning new things about myself everyday, I want to stop hiding who I am and what has made me the way I am today. I've had a decent amount of ups and downs but I am now healed from the past and as happy as can be. I want to thank my friend Leah who inspired me to do this, you rock ( @leah.hope.robertson ). "Be strong, be fearless, and be beautiful. And believe anything is possible when you have he right people there to support you." - misty copeland 🌟🌿💜🦄🍃 #speakoutagainstabuse

I salute The Frankel 8 for their voices, courage and determination!
This is a victory for all.

Allegations of sexual assault can be pursued at any time and are no longer restricted to 20 years‚ the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled.

Eight alleged victims of the late philanthropist Sidney Frankel‚ who accused him of assaulting them when they were children‚ have won their case to change the law that limited sexual offenses other than rape to a prescription period of 20 years.

The eight have an ongoing civil case against his estate.

Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act imposes a prescription period of 20 years in which to prosecute a sexual offence other than rape.

Acting Judge Claire Hartford found this restriction to be "unconstitutional". The Constitutional Court now has to confirm this high court order to make it law‚ said attorney Ian Levitt. The confirmation is expected very soon.

The judge has given parliament 18 months to remedy the law that has a statute of limitations on sexual offenses.

#alutacontinua #stopabuse #speakoutagainstabuse

Global issues Y7 art project by Isa, #speakoutagainstabuse

Sexual assault and abuse whether against a child or adult, man or woman, it's never the victims fault and it's never ok! Took me long enough to speak out because of the society we live in #speakoutagainstabuse #itsnotok #endsexualassault #endvictimblaming #believethemthefirsttime

Remember Riley, abandoned at an auto body shop in GA? well look at Riley now!!! he's living the dream! he's healthy, happy, loved and safe! that is our dream for every dog we rescue, to give them a new beginning!... A happy life, the life they always deserved!!!❤ #speakoutagainstabuse #adoptdontshop #betheirvoice #rescuedogsrocknyc

Today I went through something hard. Really really hard.
I remembered details of a hardship in my past.
I wept over the brokenness in the heart of the girl you see in this picture, that girl is me 3 years ago.
3 years ago I experienced abuse from someone I should have been able to trust.
3 years ago I had worked so hard to make sure no one knew the depth of pain I was in.
3 years ago I stopped pursuing God.
3 years ago I sacrificed the childlike growth in exchange for human approval.
3 years ago I numbed myself from feeling conviction.
3 years ago I let someone have complete control over my life and my decisions.
3 years ago I handed over the rights and the reigns to my own body.
3 years ago I convinced myself to believe that my own worth was no more than the price of a DVD.

3 years ago I allowed myself to become an object, and itemized.
That face you see in the picture was so hurt beyond her knowledge. She hurt so many people, she let herself be hurt by so many people, and she gave up on fighting for what was right.
Some of you might think this is ridiculous for me to post, and it might make some of you uncomfortable and that's okay, you can keep scrolling. But my hope is that somehow, someone will see this and realize that they have access to freedom.
Whoever you are that is out there, a young girl following me on Instagram, or even an Ozark student who is "supposed to have their lives together by now" and have yet to mutter a word about their mistakes, I hope you realize that you are SO deeply loved, and that Jesus really really wants to take care of you and your wounds.
I didn't believe that it was possible for me to experience healing at this depth. I thought my wounds were far too many in number and intensity.
But I made a choice. I took a step out in blind faith - and I wasn't even motivated in Christ to do it honestly. I just knew something was wrong for so long that I had to do something different.
And friends,
HE. HAS. BLESSED. THAT.
The Rescuer has done as He has promised.

Sweet girl, Sweet boy, wherever you are... Step out soon and experience the power and love of Jesus, He loves you SO much.
#youareloved

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You say I’m weak because I apologize A LOT. You think I’m meek and timid because I am overly considerate. My voice is soft most times we talk so you’re asking me to repeat myself more times than not. You view that as shyness or a lack of confidence.
What you don’t know is I was sexually, physically and verbally abused from age 2-13. That the reason I apologize so much was because I was told everything was my fault. That the reason I speak in a quiet voice is because when I tried to speak up for myself it was met with anger followed by condescending laughter. The reason I don’t want to step on anyones toes is so I gain the validation I never received as a child, a different sort of validation, the respect kind of validation. My body was the only thing that was respected hence the lack of surety I have for my character.
Before you want to judge people and throw stones remember you don’t really know someone unless you ask their story first. Otherwise, you could be feeding into the same behavior of their abusers without even knowing it. Don’t be another sheep. Ask questions. Don’t assume and by that I mean stop comparing others to you and assuming they have similar coping methods on life as you. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. WE ARE NOT THE SAME. RESPECT OUR INDIVIDUALITY INSTEAD OF SHUNNING IT.
#startaskingquestions #ignoranceisnotbliss #dontthrowstones #ptsd #sheepleswakeup #sorrynotsorrywasmadeforpeoplelikeme #respect #speakoutagainstbullying #speakoutagainstabuse #survivorsunite

Global issues Y7 art project by Isa, #speakoutagainstabuse

I salute The Frankel 8 for their voices, courage and determination!
This is a victory for all.

Allegations of sexual assault can be pursued at any time and are no longer restricted to 20 years‚ the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled.

Eight alleged victims of the late philanthropist Sidney Frankel‚ who accused him of assaulting them when they were children‚ have won their case to change the law that limited sexual offenses other than rape to a prescription period of 20 years.

The eight have an ongoing civil case against his estate.

Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act imposes a prescription period of 20 years in which to prosecute a sexual offence other than rape.

Acting Judge Claire Hartford found this restriction to be "unconstitutional". The Constitutional Court now has to confirm this high court order to make it law‚ said attorney Ian Levitt. The confirmation is expected very soon.

The judge has given parliament 18 months to remedy the law that has a statute of limitations on sexual offenses.

#alutacontinua #stopabuse #speakoutagainstabuse

I'm not entirely sure how to start this post. I've wanted to do this for awhile now and recently I have felt extremely confident in what I'm about to explain. When I was in middle school I was sexually abused. Not many people outside of my family know this about me because I have always been extremely embarrassed of it. Now that I'm getting older and learning new things about myself everyday, I want to stop hiding who I am and what has made me the way I am today. I've had a decent amount of ups and downs but I am now healed from the past and as happy as can be. I want to thank my friend Leah who inspired me to do this, you rock ( @leah.hope.robertson ). "Be strong, be fearless, and be beautiful. And believe anything is possible when you have he right people there to support you." - misty copeland 🌟🌿💜🦄🍃 #speakoutagainstabuse

A Youth Day well spent with amazing young people who decided to put the spotlight on violence against women and children, a cause close to my heart. #StandOutAgainstAbuse #NoToGBV #SpeakOutAgainstAbuse #NoRape #NoChildAbuse #SilentProtest #Prayer #YetIStillDareToHope #YouthDay #16June #Durban #SouthAfrica #Nofilter #DontExcuseAbuse #activist #influencer

The Crown on you Head, mixed media 1,65m x 2m. I was moved to write and paint the Crown on you Head from a beautiful interaction that took place a week ago with a woman I know socially. Last week I got to see her soul. I bumped into her and she hugged me warmly, we got talking with another friend about the art, women and inspiration. We mentioned the horrific abuse and murders of women that are consistently taking place in South Africa. Both ladies I was talking to had been abused/raped as children and both ladies not having met before shared some of their experiences. I am in awe of their honesty, bravery and strength. I am devastated with what they endured as children and with what continues to stalk them as adults.
The one lady told me that her abuser told her that she would devastate their family should she speak up, she was a small child who was trapped. One day all alone she started to cry, outside it was raining and as she watched the rain run down the window pane she said to me, she was relieved, "It was as if G-d was crying with me." The rain drops flickered in the sunlight and she said that she knew then in the midst of all that abuse, that those tears would collect like jewels and sit like a crown on her head. One day she would wear her crown with pride and nobody, not him or anyone else would be able to demean, diminish or destroy her again. Her voice was clear and strong and she said that everyday, she puts on her crown, walks with her head held high believing that she is worthy of love, nuturing, respect and honour.
An hour later I fell into a beautiful moment of synchronicity. While visiting a friend she told me about the story that she reads to her 3 year old daughter every night, she mentioned that it makes her cry, it's about believing in yourself, making all the parts of you shine. I asked her the name of the book...... "The Crown on Your Head" by Nancy Tillman. To the two ladies who bared their souls to me, I honour and salute you. Thank you #thecrownonyourhead #jewels #honour #respect #safety #speakoutagainstabuse #listening #protection #womenforwomen #globalcitizen #NancyTillman #angelikaanastasisart #creativeuprising #mixedmedia #nomeansno

Child molestation especially by a parent is very real. Kids do not be afraid to speak up and raise awareness to end such action. #writing #poetry #activism #endchildmolestation #molestation #donotbesilent #speakoutagainstabuse #spreadtruth #noabuse #truthhurts

If you are not following @buckaroogirlofficial you should be! Go read her post now!!! ESPECIALLY young ladies... she is brave, strong, talented, funny and beautiful to name a few. She has persevered much. Domestic violence will not define her-the scars from domestic violence are a reminder of who she is and how strong she is! She is not afraid to BE HERSELF - the person God created not the one the world tries to mold us into, not the person her abuser tried to define for her. What an inspiring woman! Thank you!! Seriously... I am in awe of your spirit. You have a beautiful soul! 😘 #speakoutagainstabuse #speakoutagainstdomesticviolence #youareatrong

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