Hi, my name is James Thomson and I’m a Survivor of child sexual abuse.
I say Survivor because after many years of living in anger, depression, and on the verge of suicide I was able to re-claim my life, and even smile again…!
It's tough to explain just how imprisoning it is to feel alone, I hope you have no idea - it’s debilitating. But it’s also incredibly powerful to recognize that in fact you’re not alone, that someone else knows those same feelings.
I was 27 when I read a paragraph describing the author’s feelings about being abused as a child, and, well, it was exactly the way I was feeling.
It was near impossible for me to believe that there was another person who felt that way. But because it felt like I'd written those words myself, I figured that I couldn't be alone. And if they'd made it through, then maybe I could too.
Finally, I was able to release the secret I'd been keeping for over 15 years, warn others about the perpetrator, make him accountable, get sober, get off anti-depressants, find my soul, lose weight, and move into an empowered, self-determining life.
It wasn’t easy, but realizing I wasn’t alone was the first essential step.
The purpose of this Fundraiser is to publish a book of different experiences from other Survivors and make it available to the millions of people currently suffering from child abuse. Because we all interpret our experiences differently, it’s important to have a variety of people contributing so that the reader has opportunity to genuinely relate and tangibly recognize their opportunity to heal and reclaim their life.
The ambition is to reach as many people across America, and beyond, as possible.
I’m funding as much of this book as I can, but I need your help.
We appreciate you and thank you for your support,
* Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to contribute to this book (transcribing, editing etc) or share your experience of reclaiming your life after childhood sexual abuse.
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