Words that are silenced, are lethal secrets to destroy your soul. Speak your truth. – Denise
Hello, my name is Denise.
I am an Overcomer; A Survivor who is No Longer Held Captive By My Childhood Secrets.
I was sexually abused off and on by several people both male and female approximately between the ages of 4-12 years old and I was raped in my high school parking lot at the age of 14 while on a date. As a teenager, I struggled with low self-esteem, and after I was raped, I developed an eating disorder, called bulimia, I was used diet pills, laxatives and restricted my eating in order to try to control those things that I couldn’t control in my life. At school I was a overachieving people pleasing perfectionist, but away from school I was very promiscuous and occasionally used alcohol and drugs to numb my pain. The sexual abuse caused me to have live with a tremendous amount of guilt and shame.
I hid those terrible secrets for close to 40 years, and on April 5, 2012, my declared “Day of Emancipation”, I shared my childhood sexual abuse and rape story publicly on Ravens Closet Talk Show. Today, I realize that those painful experiences do not define me but they have empowered me to walk in my purpose and passion, what the enemy tried to use to destroy me, God is using to give others hope. With God ALL things are possible… which includes healing from the pain and devastation of childhood trauma.
I am Married, a Mom to 3 son’s, a daughter, daughter in law and a beautiful granddaughter. I am an active participate and leader in Celebrate Recovery, a leader with the non profit organization, Rock Paper Scissors Foundation and I LOVE…encouraging people, cheering them on along life’s journey and giving them hope! (Isaiah 41:10)
Please take a moment to view my video below. ~ May your temporary sorrow, lead you to Triumphant Victory! ~ Denise
California Ambassador – Rock Paper Scissors Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/RPS.RockPaperScissors
Celebrate Recovery http://www.celebraterecovery.com/