In this area we feature stories of child sexual abuse survivors, their families, and stories of prevention from Darkness to Light’s partners and donors. 

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.

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June 10, 2019
Melissa's View as a MSU Student

“We, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing.” – Aly Raisman This unwavering stance against abuse, abusers, and enablers has been the overarching theme on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus since Larry Nassar was convicted. Hundreds of survivors and allies, …

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May 23, 2019
Leigh Ann's Story

I first participated in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® 5 or 6 years ago. Since then, I became an Authorized Facilitator of the training and I have facilitated this program too many times to recall. Each time, something would spark a light in my mind that something was just not right with my history. Each time I watched the training, I picked up something different from each brave …

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March 28, 2019
Alexis's Story

I was always afraid that if anyone found out, my family wouldn’t believe me. I was so scared to say anything because unfortunately, with a heavy crime like sexual abuse, not everyone is quiet about their opinion—especially when they think you are lying. That alone was scary enough for a child like me to keep …

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November 8, 2018
Amanda's Story - "Why Me?"

“Why me?” was the ongoing question I found myself asking. Growing up in my family was tough. My dad preferred his booze over marriage, so truthfully, I think my parent’s divorce was the best thing for my mom. My older brother Taylor, my younger sister Al and I grew up travelling back and forth; every …

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January 16, 2018
Tania's Story

I was born in 1960. Between the ages of 4 and 7, my father’s best friend repeatedly sexually abused me. Several years later he killed himself. Shortly after his death, I received a call from his wife. He’s dead, she said, and it’s all your fault. Childhood sexual abuse is a prison without bars. It …

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