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.
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 […]
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 […]
Recently a new campaign has surfaced on Twitter and social media. The #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou that focuses on the emotional impact of domestic abuse and relationship abuse.I think it’s important to raise awareness on these important issues and maybe be able to speak up about personal experiences. Thank you for those who sent in contributions to raise […]
So, my heart has wanted to do more for victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. I really wanted to be an on the scene victim advocate, and I even met with someone today to potentionally do a trial run of it. But, my heart has been heavy. I don’t feel I am emotionally ready. […]
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 […]