This space is dedicated to those of you who would advocate for children, and for the child within you, who needs to be heard, believed and cherished. We need to stick together in our advocacy efforts. There is so much intimidation “out there”, when we try to advocate for our children. The very forces which try to crush the spirit and power out of our children, often work to do the same to the child within ourselves, when we openly take a stand for our children’s rights. This is especially apparent when we challenge abuse in any institution or organization (churches, schools, government agencies, etc).
I have been very frustrated by the lack of empathy that I often see in those people who have great influence when it comes to making policy (politicians, advisers, “experts”). I see very little input by survivors, input that is taken seriously, that is. We are often branded as hotheads, meddlers, attention getters, or over-reactive because of our own histories. But who would know better how we should, and should not treat our children, than those who had to suffer through years of abuse themselves?!!!
Our Voice is our power. Our Voice was taken away when we were abused as children. Now that as survivors we have reclaimed our Voice, we must support each other in our brave attempts to continue to use that Voice! When we listen to this Voice inside ourselves, we know that it is the Voice of a child, who has never given up the fight to be heard! Enjoy the site. Be Safe when you read some of the articles here, they carry a lot of emotional impact, and may be triggering.
Special Note:My wife and I moved from Northern Maine to the Lowcountry of South Carolina in the Spring of 2003; hence the name change from Downeast Maine Survivors to Lowcountry Survivors. We hope this won’t cause any confusion. Both of us have changed significantly in the past few years. Things that we thought impossible before have become part of our lives in the present. We never cease to be surprised, nor do we stop growing. Old fears slip away, and newer more useful attitudes take hold in both of us. Not only has it become easier to be responsible adults, but it is easier to allow that playful child within us the freedom that should have been provided from the very beginning.