In our work of exposing child trafficking and raising awareness, we encounter many survivors who have suffered unimaginable child abuse. We want to acknowledge and honor these warriors for what they have endured and overcome, and especially those who are now using their experiences to educate others and help others avoid similar abuse.
We also want to validate the way a survivor may feel about their traumatic experiences. Childhood sexual abuse of any kind causes unimaginable and sometimes irreparable wounds. Abusing a child is evil. We are not here to change anyone’s opinion about that.
While V4CR does not offer counseling or therapy, we refer child trafficking survivors to our vetted, strategic allies that offer effective healing and rehabilitation programs.
If you or a loved one is ready to heal and overcome, please contact one of these organizations to find the support you need.
However, replacing the trauma that your body and mind associate with the experience and allowing yourself to rewrite the story in your head, regain your power, and decide to no longer be controlled by that trauma is possible for everyone.
Please read these tips and strategies with an open mind and heart, and see if this information is helpful for you or someone who is struggling.
“Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.”
Only you can choose how you view a situation, and how you react or let it affect you.
Granted, often this is easier said than done.
For example, let’s say it rains. While someone may be distraught that the rain ruined their wedding, a farmer may be rejoicing that it watered his crops.
The rain itself is not good or bad; it’s subjective. Someone’s perception of it and the way they choose to feel about it can make it a positive, negative, or neutral experience for that person.
It is not something subjectively positive. It’s not ok, and it’s not something anyone should tolerate.
We’re here to help you find peace so you can overcome the trauma, disassociate from the identity of a victim, and rewrite your story in a way that helps you find empowerment.
We want you to heal so you can help empower others.
In addition to having the strength to overcome the traumatic experiences you’ve endured, you’re here. That means, you’re the type of person who will not tolerate the abuse of children and you are willing to do whatever it takes to safeguard them. It also means, you know the enemy and you are uniquely qualified to help raise awareness, protect children, and combat child abuse and trafficking. You have a purpose, an invaluable mission, and a reason to thrive.
In order to rescue others from abuse and trauma, you must first find healing.
There’s no “finish line” to being healed; it’s a daily choice.
The process of healing from childhood abuse does not necessarily require you to “forgive and forget.”
It does, however, require that you release or let go of the pain, shame, and trauma.
Healing means releasing the shame and trauma that you’ve associated with the memory.
Healing means, no matter what has happened to you in the past, you’ve decided to not let it control your present or your future.
Healing means allowing yourself to find peace and experience joy.
It does not mean what happened isn’t wrong.
It does not mean that you won’t have to make a conscious effort to rise above the trauma and stick it to your abusers by freeing yourself of the control those traumatic memories had over your life and wellbeing.
It means choosing not to be a victim and instead, choosing to be a warrior.
Whatever stress, anger, resentment, shame, or guilt you feel becomes a part of you. It causes your body to carry that tension and toxicity that will wear you out and eventually break you down. This can lead to both mental and physical discomfort, degeneration, and disease.
If you’ve ever felt unexplainable anxiety, anger, aggression, frustration, or even fear and anguish - your subconscious may be reacting to an unhealed trauma. These “triggers” are warning signs that there’s something bothering us and making us feel out of control.
Instead of ignoring, deflecting (i.e. substance abuse or intentional distractions), or allowing the trigger to overcome you, consider evaluating that trigger.
Allowing yourself to assess these “clues” can help you understand what’s causing you to feel out of control, and what you need in order to resolve that trauma.
Why let that abuser - who controlled and overpowered you as an innocent child - control and abuse you now?
Why give them any bandwidth in your life or energy space?
Even if you don’t realize it, your unhealed trauma affects your perspective on life, your emotions, thoughts, sleep, digestion, immune system, and everything about your health. It also affects your loved ones, your relationships, and everyone around you.
Use these practical techniques and resources that have helped survivors of trauma and child trafficking to heal, overcome, and thrive.
Rancho Milagro is a beautiful ranch situated in northeast Scottsdale, AZ. They use equine therapy and various forms of coaching to provide a place of refuge and healing for survivors of abuse and trauma. Their therapeutic programs are designed to heal and rejuvenate all aspects of an individual’s mind, body and spirit.
In a world where most people choose to ignore the cries for help of the children whose voice and innocence has been stolen, let us be the strength they need.
Choose to be the victor of your story and a protector of the innocent.
Choose not to need anyone or anything around you to change in order for you to find the peace and closure you deserve.
Choose to redesign your life as the happy, peaceful, strong person that you are.
Choose to overcome.
The children need you to be their voice!
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