child abuse story of healing and recovery from Shauntelle page was created
January 18, 2007 and was originally posted on December 19, 2006 as story #4.
is from International Falls, Minnesota, USA
following child abuse story of healing and recovery from Shantelle depicts
The child abuse effects on Shauntelle: low self-esteem, feelings of being ugly, and promiscuity.
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was a happy child, until my grandfather took it all away. I remember I didn't
understand why he wanted me to take my clothes off, but I did know he did not
want my grandma to know. He hurt me so much, I didn't even realize until I was
much older. I swore I would never let it happen to me again. But it did.
ex-boyfriend took me for a drive. I kept saying, "No, please no." He
wouldn't stop until I was in tears.
happened to me has influenced my decisions in life more than anyone can ever
know. I went with so many men, but I was a church girl so I felt incredibly
guilty. I let people walk all over me and do whatever they wanted. I convinced
myself I was ugly and nobody would want me or even care unless I didn't say no.
Now I am with a man who has shown me that I am a wonderful person, despite my circumstances. I am still healing and it's going to take time. I just want to say that anyone who has been abused, don't go the long way to healing. Sex, drugs and alcohol . . . they only create the illusion of happiness. You deserve so much better.
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Child abuse story of healing and recovery from Shauntelle was re-formatted June 15, 2015
From Victim to Victory
How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life