We Shatter Silence story from Spring, TX

At a young age, I would say about 5ish, my older brother started to molest me. At the time, I didn’t know what he was doing but as I got older, I started to understand but he told me not to tell so I didn’t. At the age of ten, my cousin spoke up. I never knew that she had been abused too. I thought I was the only one and that if I spoke up that everyone would think that I’m bad. So since she spoke up, my brother had to go to counseling. He stopped everything he was doing. At the age of 13, I started having thoughts of suicide and I started cutting and doing drugs such as weed and riddelin and Adderall etc. My parents had no idea of what was going on in my life because I hid it so well. I was always smiling and I was thought of as the goody goody. One night I tried to kill myself and took 4 riddelin thinking it would do the trick but I woke up the next morning just fine. I just recently started going to a youth group and I have been saved and I do not feel the need to cut anymore. I don’t have thoughts of suicide although I do write about my life in poetry. I have forgiven my brother and now we are very close. Now because of all I have gone through, I share my story with other people to help raise the awareness and I want to be a youth pastor so that I can help other young people out of situations like mine. To all of you who are too afraid to speak up, TELL SOMEONE. I made the mistake of waiting too long to speak up and someone else was being hurt also. You could not only save yourself but others around you.

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