My Past Doesn’t Define Who I Am: Be Strong And Overcome Sexual Abuse Trauma

Patricia, brave survivor of childhood sexual abuse

The Haven Retreat saved me in so many ways. I can honestly say when I arrived at The Haven Retreat I was truly scared. Not because of where I was, but the fear of what I was going to feel. I have numbed myself for years, not wanting to deal with my trauma.

I learned it’s okay to have a past, but it does NOT define who I am. I am NOT a victim. I am a Survivor, a Warrior, I AM ENOUGH. On the last day, I was sad to leave, I had this inner peace inside me. It was the first time in a long time that I could feel again. I am forever thankful for what I learned, who I met, and finding myself–loving myself.

-Patricia, Survivor