Together We Heal is for any who suffer from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. We provide a safe forum for survivors of abuse to share, learn and heal. We work to expose sexual predators and their methods of getting into our lives.
One last update before showtime. As I mentioned, the entire show will be dedicated to the topic of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Three survivors of CSA, myself being one of them, will be interviewed on the show LA Talk Live by Lucinda Bassett at 2:00 pm ET, Thursday November 29th. You can listen online at http://latalklive.com/new/truth-be-told
Another one of the survivors being interviewed is a new friend of mine, Patricia Singleton.
You can follow her blog at patriciasingleton.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter @Patriciasinglet – she is an amazing woman who has survived much and is an inspiration to myself and many others.
I know that anyone who takes the time to listen will receive a blessing and some important information on how to keep your children safe from sexual predators, as well as, how to begin the process of healing if you have been a victim of CSA.
Another friend and an incredible advocate for children and survivors, Peppy Bennett, will be doing a live twitter chat during the show at @LegalAdvocateC – you can also follow her personal account @PeppyBennett
If you or someone you know has been affected by CSA, please either tune-in or pass this along to them. We would appreciate hearing what your thoughts are on the show.
In 2006 David took the first step in a long and painful journey back from the abyss of addiction and self-destruction. He promised his dying father that he would get clean. And he did. But as he cleaned his body and soul, he began to confront the sexual abuse that his addiction had for so long obscured — abuse perpetrated by a church youth minister when David was 12 to 15 years old.
Those three years of abuse destroyed the foundation of love and faith that had been built by his family. For 25 years, David kept the abuse secret and lost himself in a fog of drugs and alcohol. He was by turns destitute, at times incarcerated.
The promise to his dying father was the catalyst. And the bedrock of his mother’s love and devotion was the foundation on which David rebuilt his life. Therapy, 12-step meetings, and soul-deep determination were the bricks and mortar.
David founded Together We Heal to provide fellow survivors and their families, guidance through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. In 2015 he was asked to become a part of the Child Safeguarding Initiative team with GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to empower the Christian community through education and training to recognize, prevent, and respond to child abuse.
David represents Together We Heal & GRACE across the country as a public speaker and instructor; teaching churches, schools, and families how to talk with their kids about sexual abuse, how to better identify predatory behavior, and how to properly respond to those harmed.
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss
November 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm
David, thank you. Beginning to get a little nervous and a lot excited about the show tomorrow. It is what I do. You inspire me. I know it is harder for a man to come out about sexual abuse than it is for a woman because of the way that society looks at the issue. Men and women coming together and speaking out about child sexual abuse is what is needed to heal our world from this horrific disease. As survivors, we are worth it and so are our children.