Molested & Raped:
Why Survivors Like Me Must Heal Through Forgiveness & Compassion
BY KIM WHITING
For the first half of my life I was such a trauma and pervert magnet that by the age of eight I had already labeled myself a freak. I was the one common denominator in a seemingly endless stream of situations with sexual miscreants.
But the sexual abuse I suffered as a child, and endured all the way through college, taught me that the way in which we respond to and address the feelings and actions that stem from these wounds are crucial to recovery.
I’ve never written extensively about this abuse, not to the extent I’m about to share. But I’ve decided to do so now, to reveal not only the prevalence of these types of occurrences, but to offer up the true power of understanding, compassion, forgiveness –and love.
Understanding leads to compassion. Compassion leads to forgiveness. Forgiveness leads to love. Love leads to healing — and a fuller, happier life.
But yes, it can be a very long and difficult road to get there. (more…)
What Katelyn Saw
When A Child Claimed to See Abuse at My Day Care, My Life Was Nearly Destroyed
Editor’s Note: In March 2010, 49-year-old Lynn Moller, a day care provider in Madison, Wisconsin, was found guilty of three counts of child abuse involving two children in her care. Moller had run her day care without incident for 16 years when the allegations first surfaced; she has never wavered in her claims of innocence despite losing every appeal.
As The Reporters Inc. continues production of its upcoming documentary about wrongful convictions, The Innocent Convicts, we’ll also be featuring the online insights of others who’ve faced similar ordeals. In this fascinating first-person account, Moller takes us step by step through a multi-year nightmare that turned her world upside down.
Police and prosecutors still maintain she’s guilty, but for the first time Lynn is telling her side of the story in hopes that people will come to understand that, sometimes, the truth doesn’t always prevail in our criminal justice system.
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“I do not think that you can get a fair child abuse trial before a jury anywhere in the (more…)