On Saturday’s I attend ‘Survivors of Incest Anonymous’ group meetings. I started going to these meetings soon after I told my husband what happened to me as a child. I did not know there was so much help out there if you just look for it. You can find out if there are meetings in your area by clicking on the following link: SIA meeting finder
I feel that the SIA meetings have been truly beneficial to my healing. I never knew that incest was so prevalent… Sad, but true. It feels so good to be able to talk about how you really feel about the abuse. And, it is nice to know that there are other survivors out there who know exactly what you have been through and understand your feelings so precisely.
You can tell people who have not been victimized what happened to you but they just don’t understand, and they never will unless they experience the abuse themselves. I would not wish for anyone to have to experience the pain, shame, and guilt and multiple other symptoms that abuse victims suffer.
I have said this before, that keeping this type of thing bottled up can cause self destruction and results in so many negative side effects. It needs to be released and talked about as soon as possible so you don’t carry around all the negativity that comes with the abuse. There is hope and if you have been abused you should know that you are not alone and there is help out there.