She is 54 years old.
She lives in a nursing home. She has been in a nursing home for more than 2 years. She was supposed to go there for therapy so she could walk better. She is no better and no one knows exactly why.
Until recently, she lived in a nursing home that was a couple of hours away from family. Her daughter and mother visited her as often as they could but she was basically isolated and alone.
Now she lives in a home closer to family. Praise God. Still, she spends most of her time alone. Unable to walk without help, unable to feed herself without help, unable to even use the phone, she is isolated from all the people and places she cares about.
She is an incest survivor. She has had therapy for years and has struggled with clinical depression. She has been on social security disability because of being too depressed to be able to work. She has raised two daughters on her own.
She is a caring person. Very sensitive. And always trying to help others. But she has been afraid most of her life. Depressed and afraid.
She is 54 years old. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse.
And so am I.
She's my sister.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Educate yourselves about child sexual abuse. Find out what your church is doing in this area. Find out what your schools and community are doing.
Sexual abuse is in all segments of society.
And the victims are real people.
Like my sister.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
How To Help A Survivor
Just Try to Shut Us Up