Category Archives: Stories of Inspiration & Hope

Our heart, our tribe, and the occasional bit of news.

We want to set you up for success so we’ve written out resources for counseling and inspiring messages from survivors and thought leaders.

Feb 11, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

My Journey to Therapy

I grew up with people telling me I was “too smart” or “too tough” for something bad to happen to. I instilled this need to be perfect for everyone around

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Feb 10, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

Abuse & Forgiveness: 50 Years Later

I’m a 76-year-old man and I experienced sexual, physical and other forms of abuse. Because of my deeply rooted insecurity, fear and shame, I refused to deal with the impacts

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Feb 04, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

It Couldn’t Happen to Me

When I thought about abuse, I never imagined it would happen to me. I wasn’t walking alone when an obviously bad guy jumped me, had his way with me, and

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Jan 27, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?   I thought I would never tell anyone. That was my plan. It was my secret, my shame. I never allowed myself to get too close

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Jan 27, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

From a Mom

From a Mom This blog post was written by Jimmie. She shares with us the mother’s perspective of having to hear about the horrible abuse her son endured as a

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Jan 12, 2020 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

Finding Me

Finding Me Many will often hear me say “Normal is just a setting on the washing machine that nobody uses.”  I say this because, for many years, I tried very

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Dec 21, 2019 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

2019 = Our Best Year Yet

Hey there, friend! 2019 = SYS’ most impactful year ever! Our mission is to help those affected by sexual abuse and assault move forward to live great lives. And, this

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Dec 16, 2019 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

From One Spouse to Another

From One Spouse to Another   Fierce. Brilliant. Beautiful as she was snarky. By the end of our first date, I knew this was the woman I wanted to spend

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Dec 11, 2019 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

This Is My Why

It wasn’t really until I was much older that I realized that what had happened was not okay. It was in the back of my mind at times, but I

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Oct 21, 2019 | Stories of Inspiration & Hope

Leaving Shame Behind

I’ve been afraid to tell my story because people I have trusted have told me that my abuse couldn’t have been all that bad. Well, I’m here to tell you

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