Speak Out: Annie’s Story

My name is Annie. I’ve been wanting to share my story for a while but have always been scared.  I grew up in a stable home. Two parents and an older brother. Things were good in my house until my brother went to college, I was in 7th grade. He attended University of Southern California, […]

A Shelter in The Time Of Storm

I hear these words and in my mind I hear the hymn we used to sing in church. It also reminds me of The Family Center that has helped give me a voice. And I am reminded that I am never ever alone. Jesus is my Shelter in the Time of Storm. He has been […]

Love Conquers All – My Story

Jeff and I have been together as a couple for about 8 wonderful years. Where I thought my life had ended (or needed to end) this guy helped me realize that I could lay the bad to rest and that love was the answer. We have been officially “married” for almost two years now! With many more years ahead!

Self Care and Feeling Sexy After Rape

I’m telling myself that I am capable of love, of loving and being loved in return. I am capable of being sexy and not feeling dirty. I am capable of all good things. I am Katie Butterfly and I deserve all good things.

My Past Does Not Define Me

Yes, I am a survivor of many things. Depression, anxiety, self-harm, Borderline Personality, rape and PTSD. But, that is not who I am. I am Katie Butterfly. I have come through much darkness and into the light. I have turned into a beautiful young woman. I love with all my heart, I enjoy many things, […]

Why I Created Becoming Katie Butterfly

Becoming Katie Butterfly I have struggled with mental illness, anxiety, and sexual assault in my life. It once held be back, even almost killed me, but like a butterfly I have come out of the darkness and into a beautiful life! I have found my voice and it’s so beautiful. I have so much to […]

Joyful Heart Foundation Revolution Gala

Tonight is the Joyful Heart Foundation JoyfulRevolution Gala and even though I cannot be there in person, my heart is full of joy. This foundation and Mariska Hargitay helped give me the strength to speak up, tell my story and be heard. Although I would still love to meet her and tell her this in […]

Get Sexy For Yourself!!

Sometimes I just love doing complete body self-care, clean shaven, great smelling lotion all over my body, putting on a sexy dress, lighting some candles and loving the heck out of my sexy self. That’s my take on healing and loving myself and my body again. Today it feels so freeing and healing. I’m telling […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month  

For your viewing/listening  pleasure and to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I have condensed my interview that I did last month. -Katiebutterfly LISTEN HERE

Radio and Empowerment

Yesterday I took a huge step in my recovery process and now I really feel like my butterfly wings are growing more and more and sprouting new colors. What an amazing experience. Today I went on local radio and talked verbally about my sexual assault for the first time. What an empowering experience. If you […]