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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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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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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