I recently stumbled across the twitter account @MensMovementCom for the website, www.mensmovement.com , and after checking them out I gave them a follow. They graciously followed me back and I started chatting with one of the admins today, David. I signed up for a free account and immediately was intrigued with the work they do to help guys all over the world, from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds.
They offer support groups, forums, and a blog which immediately caught my eye. There are all types of topics that the members have written about, from self help, to book sharing, movie reviews, app reviews, poetry, you name it. So me being someone who enjoys writing and having a blog of my own, I had the idea to submit my story of survival and healing from childhood sexual abuse and the PTSD, Dissociation, Anxiety, Flashbacks, and Depression that comes from it all.
After I decided I was going to submit my story, I immediately got a knot in my stomach, and a feeling of “what in the hell are you doing Lyric?” Do you really want to put yourself out there on a self help community for guys and be that vulnerable?
That may sound totally silly, and it probably is considering what I write about here this blog all the time. I can’t really pinpoint why posting up my story got me nervous and having second thoughts, it just did. I decided to power through the emotional mind process and use wise mind to realize that this can be a big step towards bringing more awareness about CSA and how it affects men too. I then began to feel like I had a duty, an obligation to tell my story and just maybe it would help others too. Even if it doesn’t right away, some day down the road who knows who it might help.
So I submitted my story and David approved it earlier today and you can find my post there on the blog.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to give it a read and see what else the site has to offer in support of men across the world. The way I see it, we are all in this healing journey together as both men and women. CSA is a horrific, terrible thing for anyone to suffer through but by bringing awareness we can hopefully end the stigma some day. We can all do our part to encourage everyone to reach out and seek the help we need and deserve to live the life we so desperately want.