I watched a film last night called Awful Normal . This film is a documentary about two women (sisters) who suffered sexual abuse at the hands (or shall I say penis) of a friend of the family when they were little. Without going into gruesome details, the events that occurred happened to two young girls under the age of ten. Now in their thirties they finally found the strength and will to confront their abuser. That's over 20 years of carrying one very heavy weight.
My heart went out to these girls. I am becoming increasingly interested in learning about the effects of sexual abuse/assault upon the human psyche-especially now that I am in the midst of counseling and coping with my own experience with sexual assault. The thing that really struck me was how the mind is really and truly unable to process an event like this. Even if you want to brush it off like it was (or is) nothing, your body will not let you. Your brain protests with every cell. The only way forward is to go back.
These girls found peace upon confronting this family friend. Once he took ownership of his behavior and actions they were able to heal. I hope that is not the only way healing can be achieved because I seriously do not want to go down that road...
It is no easy hill to climb. The effects go on and on and take a world of strength to conquer.
Interesting documentary. Well worth watching. It's real. Raw.