Good Morning Ladies,
I have been reading every email that has come into my inbox. A while back I asked for survival stories, and you delivered. I cannot believe how strong you all are and how brave you are. To relive these details, to share these details with others is so brave and so selfless. For some it may be therapeutic, some may feel the trauma over again but you are helping so many women. I cannot thank you enough for your willingness to survive and thrive! We Survive!
My next story comes from a leader of mine. Someone who I knew growing up and loved like an aunt. I had no clue about her survival story until just now and I am so thankful she shared this story with me. I have been reading so many Molestation stories that were sent in. My heart breaks for these women, and I get pissed off for these women because so many were very young, and the predator was in a position of trust.
Here is her Story
From the time I was seven to about fifteen, I was sexually molested by my friend’s grandpa. He was a high priest in the church and worked in the Mesa, Arizona Temple.
All of my grandparents died when I was little so I don’t remember them. This man told me I could call him Gramps. I was so excited about that, and that was the start of it.
My family knew nothing because he said I better not tell anyone. He gave me money and presents, even as I went off to college he always tried to send me money, I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I told my bishop at my college ward and my parents. They talked to him and at first he denied it, then later admitted to it. He was excommunicated from the church but the law was never involved.
My best friend hated me after that. Her Grandpa died of cancer right away and she chose to blame me for that. She then blamed me for the divorce of her mom and dad. It was a really rough time for me.
Advice for those in a similar situation: Always tell your parents! Do not let anyone scare you.
Please reach out to someone if you have been or currently are being molested. Look for the warning signs HERE. Please, please, please listen to your kids if they tell you they are being molested in any way. These things are not to be taken lightly. Involve parents, the law, whatever means necessary to protect your kids and potentially other victims.