The Survivors Speak Interview series is dedicated to amplifying the voices of survivors by providing a platform to share our stories and connect us through experiences and healing.
Read stories of Childhood Trauma as survivors share their pain, their hope, and their healing.
Anonymous Survivor Story (Scotland)
Please tell us what inspires you to share your story.
I was reading on your website about tips for journaling. I thought it may be therapeutic to text someone instead of talking.
Introduce yourself: tell us about your passions, interests, family life, favorite quotes, etc.
I am 19. I live with my mother and cat. I work . My hobbies are history documentaries and on running.
Please share your story in as much or as little detail as you are comfortable.
Growing up I was abused repeatedly; but not consistently. There has been peaceful times in my childhood but overall I would give anything to forget the whole thing. I was not protected and looked out for in the way a child should be.
What are some of the challenging ways your trauma has manifested in your life?
I fear passing people on the stairs at work. I hate it. It is worse with men than it is women. I am in no doubt this is linked to what happened in childhood. I hate standing in queues at super markets. I hate the feeling of a man standing behind me. I cope with it. I always had no other choice but to cope with it.
When did healing begin? Was there a catalyst moment and how did you reach this point?
No, there wasn’t a specific moment. For me it is either swim or sink.
What has your healing journey looked like day-to-day: techniques, modalities, practices, tools you use?
I try to journal daily. I had a therapist. “I have survived the past and now I am safe” is something I repeat to myself regularly and affirmation that I learned in therapy.
Share Your Story
Sharing your story is a powerful part of your healing journey. It helps you find and reclaim your voice and it helps others who are trying to find there’s. It lets us all know that we are not alone when we can connect through shared lived experiences. Use the link below to submit your story in writing.
Looking for Ways to Connect With Other Survivors and/or Receive Support as You Heal?
Survivor’s Circle Peer Support Groups might be just what you need.
These small groups meet on alternating days of the week via Zoom. In these groups, survivors connect, share, and support each other through the ebbs and flows of healing. Attend a session and experience the magical healing that happens when survivors connect and support each other through shit only we can understand.