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stop silence, stop suffering

My name is Manon. I've 18 years old and i'm french. And here, you have my story: I was sexually abused when I was 12 years old. I kept silent three years,...

My name is Manon. I've 18 years old and i'm french. And here, you have my story: I was sexually abused when I was 12 years old. I kept silent three years, but during those three years, I became depressed, suicidal , anorexic. I was dirty, shameful , ugly. This guy was my brother's bestfriend . And my friend too. I saw him often , he had the opportunity to hurt me , and he put me lower than the earth . I was just a child. And one day, after having lost 13 kg, during the medical visit at my college it's the nurse who became aware of my anorexia. Everything went very quickly. she made me talk . I was delivered , finally. Police, judge , everything. it was considered , but not guilty. police considered "an teenage experience" , because at the time it was no older to 16 years. When he rape me I said " no", "stop ", " you can't ", he doesn't stopped . It was not considered rape as such. And the police considered it not an sexual assault. Drug, addiction, no friends, no love, destroyed at only 15 years. I have not been a teenager, I grew up too fast. more quickly than others. others do not interessaint me. I was alone, harassed by others and by my past. Besides that , my brother went to live with my mother because my father hit him violently. He left the house. And my father hit me at me . He hit me once . Then two. Three ... five ... ten times. growing stronger each time . He said it was my fault that he hit me . child beaten and raped, it's me. I moved with my mother 5 years after my brother , I suffered because of my father for 5 years after my brother left home . more rape. more the rejection another. more my scarification . live in silence , yet. When it will finally stop? And then there was this sudden change in my life. I met some wonderful people who give love to my life , who guiding me has a very good psychologist, who made ​​me regain confidence in me, who showed me that I had a values ​​and I was not "nothing" or " a shit " or "good for nothing " or " dirty girl ." I started to change , I have my confidence back . I found a second family , this family? Scouts of France . they me saved . They know that my history is realy difficult. But they have always supported me. Today, i myself am. I live again. I have my history, and i live with. My life is much joyfull. I've changed, I would definitely never again the same, but I grew up , I am a good person and I do good around me. An part of my life is also engraved in my skin. I made ​​ tattoo the phrase " our best " in french, because I always wanted to get me by , I have doing my best to get me by , and they have helped me to get myself out , so together we do "our best " . I'm these children affected by the violence of a father and victim of the sexual crime of a teen judged not guilty, but i'm alive. No more.

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my heart

This year has been so much fun for me because it's has helped me to have a fearless heart.I'm very proud to have such a good foundation that I can looked up...

This year has been so much fun for me because it's has helped me to have a fearless heart.I'm very proud to have such a good foundation that I can looked up everyday. I'm also happy for the awesome worked this foundation has done! I proud to have this foundation as a part of my awesome joruney.

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Survivor

I was a runner until my rapist dislocated my hip and the drs said I wouldn't run again. It has been almost 10 years and I can run 5 miles now!!! He doesn't get...

I was a runner until my rapist dislocated my hip and the drs said I wouldn't run again. It has been almost 10 years and I can run 5 miles now!!! He doesn't get to win! I am a survivor!

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As a survivor of child and sexual abuse, I used my own healing as a platform to work on justice issues and women's rights. This evolved into helping women weavers in Guatemala -all survivors of war and violence - earn a living. There products are for sale at www.corazonscarves.com.

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$76M to #ENDTHEBACKLOG

This fall, we celebrated as the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced a $35M commitment to ending the backlog through introducing a grant program that...

This fall, we celebrated as the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced a $35M commitment to ending the backlog through introducing a grant program that would help jurisdictions seeking rape kit reform. Less than a month later, a federal spending bill including $41M to address the backlog of untested rape kits passed Congress and was signed into effect by President Obama. We are grateful for these victories and look forward to seeing how this funding will reform criminal justice response to rape, re-engage survivors and bring offenders to justice.

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I want to thank JHF it is with all their efforts and Mariska's that I am no longer a victim of abuse, I am now a survivor who is on her way to becoming a thriving survivor! Thank you for helping me make the first step, thank you for believing in me and fighting for me!

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Inspired

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thankful To Find Folks Who Care

I am so thankful to find organizations who attempt to do effective work. Violence and oppression against women is so rampant and overwhelming, yet I have hope and...

I am so thankful to find organizations who attempt to do effective work. Violence and oppression against women is so rampant and overwhelming, yet I have hope and encouragement as I seek healing and justice for myself and others. I want to establish positive and beautiful memories that will overcome the nightmares of the past. I am truly grateful.

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Let"s Keep Going!

There have been many moments of awareness & education in our violence prevention movement this past year, nationally and internationally. We continue to struggle...

There have been many moments of awareness & education in our violence prevention movement this past year, nationally and internationally. We continue to struggle against the silence and injustice surrounding sexual and domestic violence as we attempt to discover,uncover,heal and prevent these traumas and crimes. But we are making progress. We now know the extent of this illness. It exists within families, the military, on campuses, within prisons, within sports, etc. It is pervasive and endemic. The more people become engaged, the more organizations collaborate, the more progress will be made. At the dawn of a new year----let's keep going. Together we can heal and prevent!

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Healing and justice

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the...

I never received justice for my sexual assault or physical abuse. In fact, my abuser died. Finding the Joyful Heart Foundation, SVU, Mariska, has provided me with the justice and healing that I need. For years I couldn't share my story, I was depressed, angry, and stayed in bed all day everyday for months. I stumbled upon the foundation and Mariska and things slowly started to change. It was the first time that I learned that people care about me and wanted to help me! Thank you! Thank you for saving my life!

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Breaking the Silence

We need to change things in our country, and we don’t need more doctors or counselor telling the media on what is happening to kids that are being sexual abused; it...

We need to change things in our country, and we don’t need more doctors or counselor telling the media on what is happening to kids that are being sexual abused; it needs to come from us the survivors. We need to tell our stories so we can break the social silence that keeps us quiet of our past.

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Victim. Survivor. Thriver.

This year I've talked about my rape, and have been validated. My dear friend MA has been there for me every step of the way. I've gone from victim to survivor...

This year I've talked about my rape, and have been validated. My dear friend MA has been there for me every step of the way. I've gone from victim to survivor and working on moving into the thriver arena. Today I will choose joy.

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