My name is Marie Pflugrad and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I knew those who hurt me very well and that is most often the case. I’ve had the opportunity to write a book about my healing experience and it has been very cathartic. However, in the process of my writing, I realized just how beneficial it would have been to me, had the topic of sexual abuse been discussed when I was a child. Unfortunately, it never was. Discussions about sex were rare and “taboo” in the early 1960’s so, there was no way to prevent something that couldn’t be spoken of. It’s time we start becoming educated about it!
Why Is This Important?
Why is this a topic that must be kept secret? Is society really in denial to the point that we truly believe “this would never happen to my child!” Well, I’m here to inform everyone; it is happening it will, and you may not even realize it or be able to do anything about it because we’ve persisted in burying our heads in the sand. We must stop sweeping the “secrets” under the carpet and pretending that it isn’t happening.
Pornography is rampant and there is no sign of it slowing down. It has become widely acceptable and yet there is no way to prevent innocent children from its insidious exposure. We must recognize where the evils of this world have come from and expose Satan for who he is and what he has done and continues to do. We may not be able to stop his evil, but we can educate, protect and prevent our children to the best of our ability. We must discuss our bodies, the feelings we have, the good, the bad and yes, the ugly.
Keeping the "Secret"
I am but one of the millions of sad statistics out there who had early childhood abuse and it was kept “secret” to the point that many of the memories were repressed. I had no idea why I was so depressed, why I went down so many destructive roads in an effort to numb my pain. Why I turned to alcohol and was suicidal at such an early age. Why I couldn’t love and why I could not find healing.
The passion I have to share is born from the healing of pain I went through. I now see clearly. I now see The light. The past is the past and no shadows darken my present.