In this area we feature the personal stories of child sexual abuse survivors, their families, and anyone affected by the trauma of sexual abuse.

The intent of sharing these stories is to show the devastation of child sexual abuse, but to also show the hope and strength that sustains survivors. Please note that all posts are reviewed prior to posting, must adhere to Darkness to Light’s guidelines, and may have been edited for length.

May 31, 2017
Kayla's Story

Darkness, fear and shame are what I felt when I told my mom on my thirteenth birthday, that “He did it to me, too.” Those six words and the actions of a forty-two year old former family friend, firefighter, and policeman changed my life forever. I, like one in ten children in the United States, …

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May 14, 2017
Natalie's Story

I was molested by my father from as early as I can remember, until the age of eight. I was not sure what was going on. I thought that it was normal, even though my father told me not to tell my mother. I was always a well behaved child, however my father would tell …

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January 30, 2017
Jenna's Story

The following is an excerpt from the new book, Pure In Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law, by Jenna Quinn. In the passage, Jenna talks about the painful realization of when she and her mother first learned about the warning signs of child sexual abuse at the hospital where Jenna received …

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January 24, 2017
Allen and Derek's Story

Derek Hopkins and Allen Vandever are both Chicago area artists who interpret their worlds through their work. In the case of these friends and collaborators, that includes a shared history of child sexual abuse. The two have undertaken their project, “A Childhood Fractured,” with the hope of bringing attention to child sexual abuse. The project …

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