A personal message
From Amy K. Collier
Do you know what it's like to walk around day in and day out, year after year carrying pain, resentment, anger and shame? Looking at yourself in the mirror with so much hate that you can't even bear to look into your own eyes. Losing weeks, months and years of good memories just to forget some of the bad ones? Never letting anyone get close to you because you can't take the chance of getting hurt, again? The walls are up, and your main goal in life is not to feel anything anymore, but you do feel. You feel every word, every thought, every memory that you couldn't erase. Never knowing when a certain word, sound or smell is going to trigger one of the painful memories, causing it to play over and over again like a broken record in your mind with each time cutting deeper and deeper. Living in your own internal hell. Words cannot truly describe the crippling effects of the scars left behind from abuse. This was my life for twenty-six years. I am not alone, every 9 seconds in the U.S a woman is assaulted or beaten, A woman is raped every 2 minutes, 84% knew their attacker, 57% happened while on a date. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America, 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year, 3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year. Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. Many cases of all forms of abuse are never even reported. We can't change what has happened to us, but we can change how we let our scars affect us for the rest of our lives. I want to share with you my story & how you too can start living the life that you never thought was possible. The life you deserve. It is time to begin the journey of healing!! I would also like to thank my husband and three amazing children for never giving up on me and for believing in me. I love you!