It is my honor to highlight the words of author Tremayne Moore as he courageously shares his story and offers advice for healing:
During the summer of 1985, a female relative took me into the kitchen and began oral sex. I was still scared and frightened; because of what my uncle had done to me. She then led me down to the basement stating that she was going to teach me how to have sexual relations; her words and deeds were vile and repulsive to me.
I was still very afraid, but after about 5 minutes, I loosened up and surrendered to her. My 11-year-old body was being abused during my entire two weeks visit with them.
What has been the biggest obstacle to your healing?
Surprisingly, coming to the realization that I need to talk to someone and get it out before I self-destruct.
What are your thoughts on forgiveness and guilt?
Please, please, please, forgive yourself. You didn’t know when you were young. I need you to be free in your heart and spirit. Don’t feel guilty for what you have been through, because it’s not your fault.
What is needed for victims/survivors?
Freedom! Freedom to be who they’re designed to be and Love! We need to be embraced and not from the perspective of “I feel sorry for you.”
Tremayne Moore is committed to educate youth, parents, pastors, and community members concerning child sexual abuse/teenage suicide through social media and community involvement. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida State University. His book “Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson’s Fight for Life” was listed on OOSA Bookclub’s The Best of 2012.
Feel free to visit his site at: www.mayneman.com
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