Bill Murray via Crowdrise
January 02, 2011
BENEFITING: LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY POLICING
-- Very few adults have escaped severe child abuse, trafficking, child pornography and kidnapping.
But I have, and I've been in recovery from its devastating effects for over 25 years. I wish to be a voice for those of us who are Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, especially to people who need to be helped into real recovery, where we can have healthy, meaningful lives and relationships.
Those of us who were molested or victims of violence and sex crimes in our youth display many similar hardships as we grow up. The symptoms of these experiences bring on a series of feelings and actions most similar, in various degrees, to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and they block our success. We tend to carry these scars largely alone, our ability to trust destroyed, and riddled with feelings of guilt, shame, depression, sadness and deep loneliness. Fear in its many manifestations rules us.
We are severely wounded. But the happy news is that we are not alone, and can find recovery by banding together. We can share the experience of healing from our abuse in groups dedicated to helping each other. We can also frequently benefit from guided therapy with individual professional counselors or, again, in group therapy.
In addition there is much good work we can do in a world where pedophiles, rapists and sex traders abound.
I want to speak as an advocate for the thousands of children, youngsters and adolescents who are still being subjected to abuse. I'll want to highlight the continuing need to protect the most vulnerable and weakest among us from criminals who abuse, kidnap, kill, traffic and take advantage of our kids.
I'm particularly interested in reaching men, who seem by their nature to feel especially ashamed and guilty about their youthful experiences, and are known to be more reluctant to get the help they so desperately need.
But I also want to help adult women who are survivors of child abuse, and kids of both sexes. I also hope to be able to assist people of any age who have been induced into the sex-worker trade and wish to escape it.