This is my story and how AMAZING I feel after the retreat. If I can help one person then my job is done. I am writing this because I am no longer going to be silent, afraid or embarrassed but make my voice heard. I was a victim for 8 years, from the age of 4 until I was 12. We HAVE to stop this vicious cycle of abuse and become aware and educate ourselves so this does not happen to anyone else. I am not here to get sympathy, I am here to give a voice to those who have not found it yet.

I am here to tell you after a four-day trip to The Haven Retreat, I now know that I am NOT alone and I do have voice. A voice that is NOT going to stop. I learned that many of the bad decisions that I have made throughout my life is a result of my trauma and now I can work on them. I am normal. If it was not for the people who support this cause, I would have never had a chance to go.

I have realized after my experience that there is no shame in accepting what has happened to me but what I do with the information is a key to my success. I met so many women and have a bond with them and for the first time in my life I actually feel safe. I believe I have a higher purpose in my lifetime and that is to help those who have no voice. You are NOT alone.

I AM a survivor and I AM strong.

-Jenni, Survivor

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