The following subpages within are collections of my personal writings based on my experiences growing up in Southeast Texas. Many people have demanded, requested, or passive aggressively suggested that I should not share the truths of my history. Speaking out as I do has cost me many beloved family members, a cherished individual or two, and a handful of fair weather friends along the way. However until there exists a world absent of physical, mental, and spiritual abuse, until not one person has been traumatized by sexual assault, until every human being is free from discrimination and inequality then I will continue to speak out against such atrocities. I can only hope that through my testimony others who have experienced similar abuse will know they are not alone and that it does get better.