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 and 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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December 6, 2019
Lindsay's Story

Today, I’m living a robust life pursuing my passion. When I was a child, it was a different story. When I was a little girl my family moved to our dream home. My father always worked hard and when I was six years old, he was promoted to manager. My dad strived all his life to provide incredible opportunities …

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August 28, 2019
Ashley's Strength

Four years ago, I revealed that I was molested for over seven years by my father who was a pastor. He was found dead, in his home, a few days after I disclosed. Due to the mental anguish and distress of losing him, being blamed for it, and still working through the abuse, I took …

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June 27, 2019
Sarah's Story

From the ages of 12-16, I was sexually abused by my stepfather. Recently, I was the Hero for Kids Honoree and Keynote Speaker for my local Child Abuse Prevention Center Luncheon in Poughkeepsie, New York. This was the first time I publicly shared my story. I shared my story because there is pain in secrecy. …

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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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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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