Knowing you are not alone and hearing wise words from other survivors can be a helpful way to begin to heal.

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives” - Jelly Wong

 

“Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit every time they smile.” - Jeanne McElvaney

 

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron

 

“My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” - Steve Maraboli

 

“I am not what happened to me.  I am what I choose to become.”  - C.G. Jung

 

“You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou

 

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

 

“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.”  – Freda Adler

 

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  – Winston Churchill

 

“It’s about realizing, painfully, you’ve kept that voice inside yourself, locked away from even yourself.  And you step back and see that your jailer has changed faces. You realize you’ve become your own jailer.” – Tori Amos

 

“Though I can’t change what happened, I can choose how to react. And I don’t want to spend the rest of my life being bitter and locked up.”  – Tori Amos

 

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” - Anonymous

 

“Life isn’t about avoiding the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Anonymous

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