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, […]
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 […]
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!
I never knew what it was like before to have an advocate. I do advocate work but it’s a whole different ballgame for me to accept that I also need an advocate by my side. Listening to me, cheering me on, and just being a great addition to my team.
Taylor Swift’s song “Dear John” really speaks volumes to my survivor stories. Here are the lyrics, Long were the nights when my days once revolved around you Counting my footsteps, Praying the floor won’t fall through, again My mother accused me of losing my mind, But I swore I was fine, you paint me a […]
You are seen as such a great and wonderful man. They have not seen the other side to you. Behind the public eye, you are a danger to others. You are a monster. You can take all the hard work one has done the past 10 years and nearly destroy it in only 3 […]
April started Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I have been working on a video project. I am so very excited to share the final product with you. Watching it and putting it together has been so empowering for me and I hope it can be for you too! I and other survivors of abuse wanted […]
Yes, I was raped and I’m still a survivor.
No More week started today. And I’m starting the conversation. As a survivor of sexual abuse I know how important awareness and the message of No More is.
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, […]