Empowerment of Life and Living

  • You have the resources to heal.
  • You have permission to tell “the secrets.”
  • You can break the silence and have a voice.
  • Your experiences of the past are valid.
  • You can change your relationship to your memory.
  • You can forgive yourself.
  • You can protect yourself and be strong.
  • Your body is your body.
  • You have a core of wisdom within.
  • Your emotions can assist you.
  • You can reject unhealthy relationships.
  • You are not to blame – others (grownups) are responsible for their behaviors.
  • You can experience intimacy and enjoy your sexuality.
  • You can respect yourself.
  • You can say “No.”
  • You can honor the things you did to survive.
  • You can learn new ways of coping.
  • You can allow yourself to experience your feelings.
  • You can set your own pace to work on your issues.
  • You can be powerful and still have important needs (e.g. needs for affection, connection, & love)
  • You can learn to control the connection between abuse and your present behavior/relationship patterns.
  • Your abuser is responsible for the violations, not you.
  • You can make life-affirming choices.
  • Your present and future belong to you.
  • You can enhance your sense of belonging and community.
  • You can go beyond survival.
  • You have the freedom to chart your future.
  • You have a future.
  • You can respect your capacity to change and grow.