Have you ever used “Google Alerts”? It’s this handy little tool, you type in a word or subject, tell it how often you want to know about it and Google will scan the web for you and send you an email everything something surfaces about that subject, name, word or whatever.
Last night I thought I would try something. I created “Google Alerts for the following subjects: anxiety disorders, child abuse cases, child sexual assaults, dissociative disorders, help for survivors of abuse, help for victims of abuse, human trafficking, legal cases related to child sexual assault, panic disorders, PTSD in adult survivors of sexual abuse, rape cases, repressed memories, treatment for depression, women who suffer from depression, and women’s rights, By 5 pm this evening, I received 56 alerts for women’s rights, 32 for human trafficking, 33 for child sexual assaults, 11 for rape, 6 on child abuse, 2 for depression, 0 for anxiety, 0 for PTSD 1 for missing children.
Perhaps it was the way I phrased the alerts, perhaps some have overlapped a bit, storywise, but still, it was a little perplexing. 0 for anxiety? 0 for PTSD? 6 for Child Abuse? Surely there is more, right?
There is still more to be done to get the story told. We were hurt. We were violated. People need to know that it happened and that we survived. That we made lives for ourselves. That we learned to live in spite of the vile people who were in our lives for whatever length of time.
What can we do to tell our story? What can we do to be sure that other people feel strong enough to share, to tell someone, to tell the story they hide inside? What was YOUR catalyst? What let you know it was time? That it was OK, that it was safe?