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.
September 11, 2014 – Big Changes on a Big Day in Our Collective History
Once again, we were given the honor of speaking out on behalf of both drug addicts and survivors of childhood sexual abuse in recovery. We discuss the struggles of both, the ability to find a healing path and what to do in those moments of feeling “stuck“.
When you have a moment, please take some time to listen in on this invaluable information that I know can help begin a transformative time in your life if you have challenges with one or both.
The dialogue between myself and Misa Leonessa Garavaglia brought up some great points toward finding a healing path. Please do listen and let us know if we can help.
Healing Addiction, Part 1- Addiction and Child Sexual Abuse
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
September 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Dave, the indifference I have witnessed in a large percentage of people toward Child Abuse was unbelieveable. We started the Google+ page, NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! , about a month ago, and at this point I may sound judgemental, but to me I feel like there can be only one reason for anyone with this attitude.
I subscribed to your blog Dave, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!
September 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm
Hey Robert, thank you so very much for the kind words and encouragement. We are doing all we can to help fellow survivors of sexual abuse and addicts in recovery. Please let me know if there’s anything or anyone we can help with these issues and challenges. My direct contact info is: email@example.com – 754-234-7975 – peace be with you sir
September 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Hey Robert, I did a search for your Google group but couldn’t find it. Is it a private page or may anyone join?