My abusers were multiple men and a women in my very strict Mennonite community.

I am the 59 year old daughter of a vice admiral

I grew up in charming Charleston, South Carolina in the 80's & 90's

My biological mother was a prostitute and drug addict.

​Abused as a child by my father.

Life is great, but it hasn't always been

I returned home ​from a professional sabbatical at PSU. 

As an adult I can look back and see not just the emotional harm, but the physical damage as well.

​I felt the best way to give you a glimpse into my story was to share a poem I wrote.

Between the ages of 10 and 11 when I lived in Canada, I was raped.

My very first memory is around the age of 6. I remember it as if it was yesterday. 

I have a story to share with you. A story I hope you will help me share with others. It’s almost forty years in the making, 

This page was created to help victims become survivors of child sexual victimization. Peaceful Hearts wants to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as loved ones. This page is a place for survivors to share their truths in a supportive and safe environment. 

And that is why it is so important to talk about it, to support, and don't turn children into marginals or shame their parents. After all, if this topic is hidden, the problem will not be solved, moreover, some criminals can avoid punishment! And that's why you need to turn to various resources, for example,, and find or order materials and engage in educational activities. We believe that breaking your silence is an important step in the healing process. We have found that knowing you are not alone can make all the difference.

Peaceful Hearts understands that the healing process is tough and frightening, but we don't have to do it alone. By sharing your truth on this page you are joining a community that understands your struggles.

Names and locations will be changed to protect identities. There is nothing more important than your privacy. Please note that some of these stories may be triggering.

After the Silence