From the age of 9 until 20 I was trapped. Today, I am free.
I recently looked back at something I’d written a short three years ago. At that time I was sitting in a Starbucks and had begun to journal out the complexities of my longing heart…
“Dare I do it? Dare I write? Not that I think I’d have any chance to publish it or that anyone would read it, but then again, what if? I’ve set out in my life to take chances, but really, what chance is this? Maybe it’ll be good for me. Maybe I’ll just start to write again. It’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed it like I once did. It’s a get-a-way of sorts, even if I’m directly addressing issues I’d rather ignore. It would just be me searching for meaning I already need to be searching for. But what about? About me? Who would care? About my life? Who would care? About my experiences? Are they really that interesting or that important? Who knows? Maybe I’ll just start writing and see what happens. Nothing says this has to be read by millions or even anyone at all. Hmmm, what a thought. Should I? Maybe I should. Maybe I will. I think I will. I think I’m supposed to…”
Even now, as I sit and write, I’m unsure. I’m more interested in taking the leap that begins the journey than knowing where the journey ends. I fit pieces together as the pieces come. I’m sure professional authors would cringe at the strategy, but a professional is certainly not something I claim to be. What I am is a broken individual, healed by the grace of God and passionate about fighting the prevalence of sexual abuse. I am a survivor of despair and doubt. I am a survivor of humiliation and lies, of violence and rape. I am a survivor of slavery and human trafficking. Most of all, I think, I’ve survived myself.
I’m willing to take the risk if you are– to become uncomfortable. I’m willing to share with you my story of being sexually trafficked right here in America, if you’re willing to listen. What I do not want however, if for this to be a story of despair– because it’s not. It’s a story of hope. There is a thrasher-filled road of healing ahead of me yes, but I am in the process of freedom.
May this blog serve as education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as encouragement to those who understand it all too well.
**This is a repost from a blog originally written on September 13, 2011**