June 15, 2016

I Am Not a Victim. I Am a Warrior.

“I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor, I am a warrior!”

– Rena, Survivor

I only opened up about my abuse last year. I always felt so ashamed, disgusting, and that I wouldn’t be believed. I was abused by someone for many years, someone who was supposed to love and protect me.

Before I received the email to say that I had been selected for The Haven Retreat, I had just finished a six-week group therapy course here in the UK. I did not know where to turn to next. The email came at just the right time for me.

I was petrified to make the journey to Utah. I was traveling on my own from the UK, to a country I have never been to. It was so daunting, but I knew I had to go. And I did it!

I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor, I am a warrior! I’ve met wonderful ladies at the retreat, who will forever be my friends. I felt safe and comfortable. Being the only person there from England, I felt so nervous. But everyone made me feel so welcomed.

I have been given the tools I need to continue with my healing journey and for that I will forever be grateful.

Rena, Survivor