January 31, 2018

I was 12 or 13 when I had a dream that Jesus was reaching out to me and he was asking me to reach out to him.

When I was born, my big sister and my mom created homemade birth announcements to welcome me into the world. My five-year-old sister drew pictures of a little b...

May 8, 2017

Prior to the new millennium I had never experienced depression, as I understand it now, and therefore could not relate to those who had. However, by early 2002 that changed. My husband and I were experiencing financial difficulties as a result of 9-11 and the subsequen...

April 12, 2017

This may be an unfair assumption, but many people are probably only reading this post to hear about my experiences with Luke Hartman. My story is so much bigger than him though, and writing this post has involved revisiting some of the hardest moments of my life. Pleas...

September 15, 2015

"We [who break the silence] are not the creators of tension. 

We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.  

We bring it out into the open where it can be seen and dealt with.

Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is...

August 2, 2015

Representing SNAP Mennonite (Canada), Dr. Cameron Altaras delivered the following speech at the annual SNAP conference in Alexandria, Virginia on August 2, 2015. More than 300 survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities and their loved ones gathered to hear speakers...

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"In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift.

If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame,

our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others."

 Brennan Manning

SurvivorsStandingTall.org

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