Writer  /  Adrianne Morse

Growing up I never knew what a “normal” household was until my senior year of high school when I moved in with my best friend and her family. I knew that my household wasn’t normal, but I was finally able to, at the age of 18, experience normal and no longer be in fear of what was going to happen when I got home from school or when I was asleep.

At the age of 34, I decided to share parts of my story and write everything down that I could remember from my childhood, from the earliest memories I had, the darkest, the saddest and the triumphant. The fight for survival, the recovery, the long road to forgiveness (still a work in progress) and now being an advocate. Many of my friends were shocked to hear of the abuse that took place, as many do, abuse is not something people talk about. Especially the older generation. I feel that with everything taking place these last few years with the Me Too Movement, my generation is saying no more to staying silent. I will speak my truth and hope that I can help someone recover from the abuse they experienced or are currently experiencing.

I am a survivor of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. I am a survivor of something that was supposed to knock me down and keep down, but I said: “No, you won’t win!” I am no longer a victim.

I found my voice and I now want others to find theirs. And to receive the help they need from the Family & Children’s Place. I am a proud board member for this amazing organization and I want to be a leader for the community, for the children. Our children need a voice, they need us to speak for them, for us to advocate for them.

Our children are the future and they must know that we care about them and want to protect and heal them.

eI am hosting a fundraiser at 3rd Turn Brewing in Jeffersontown on July 20, to raise money for the Family & Children’s Place. There will be auction items and donation jars. All money raised that night will go to the Family & Children’s Place. I am asking everyone to please join me to help raise money that night.