The Aftermath

The Aftermath Some days were easier than others. Then there were the others. The ones she didn’t know how she would survive. The ones where she was afraid of everything and everyone and the fair was so tangible she could taste it. She never could explain what it tasted like but from the terror in […]

Holidays, Hope, and Freedom

Holidays, Hope, and Freedom Holidays for many, bring on the excitement of spending time with family and celebrating all we have to be thankful for each year. Today they bring that excitement and gratitude for me as well, but for a long, long time that was not the case. For many years they brought a […]

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday Living In Freedom Together (LIFT) has become an important place for the Survivors we work with. I am not going to get into my history but I am also a survivor and LIFT began because of the need for support services for women being sexually exploited in our community, I didn’t want my sisters […]

The Facade of “Helpful Arrest”

The Facade of “Helpful Arrest” Victims of CSE are still being arrested, charged, and criminalized for prostitution despite being victims. Criminalizing has long lasting negative effects on an already vulnerable group of people. Contact with the criminal justice system via means of “helpful arrest” is not beneficial.  Victims most frequently face harmful consequences as a […]

Historic Survivor Symposium 

Historic Survivor Symposium  So I just returned from a historic Survivor Symposium at Villa Nova’s CSE Institute. I got to spend some time with my sisters and learned from other survivors what true survivor leaders are, and what they are doing around the country. I sat in on some very interesting workshops such as Survivor […]

From snow to sunshine….

From snow to sunshine…. It’s funny how the weather triggers different things from thoughts, to feelings, that turn into storms that just won’t cease. It was often during the winter that I would enter treatment. Simply to have a warm place to rest my head and certainly not because I wanted to change my life. […]

Snowstorms 

Snowstorms  ​I remember when news of the snow would bring on the feeling of impending doom. Where would I go? How would I get my fix? Did I even have any gloves? A coat? Where would I find warmth? Shelter? It’s days like today that I am extremely grateful for me life. And though I […]

I Dream of Simple Things 

I Dream of Simple Things  I dream of simple things when I dream this dream that I can never get out of my head. It is always raining and I am not sure of the significance of that, or even if there is any significance. It is always gray, and I am always waiting, waiting […]

Living in Freedom Together 

It’s really pretty simple. Women LIFTing each other up. Women finding that common bond instead of those obvious differences. Women treating others who need that extra compassion, kindness, and care for where they are in their lives. Women supporting each other instead of judging each other. That is LIFT and due to women in my […]