SUBJECT: Open Letter about the Launch of Our New Non Profit, NAASCA
FROM: Bill Murray
FROM: NAASCA founder
DATE: Jan 1, 2011
Very few adults have escaped years of severe sexual child abuse at the hands of multiple pedophiles, repeated trafficking attempts, being the model for thousands of frames of child pornography and kidnapping.
But I have.
More importantly, I've been in recovery from its devastating effects for over 25 years.
I'd promised myself that I would not speak publicly of my experiences until my parents (who played no direct roles in my abuse) were gone. My mother died recently, releasing me from my vow, and I've decided to devote my remaining time, money and available energy to this vitally important cause.
I wish to be a voice for those of us who are Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, especially to those who need to be helped into real recovery, where we can have healthy, meaningful lives and relationships.
We who were molested or victims of violence and sex crimes in our youth display many similar hardships as we grow up. The symptoms of these experiences bring on a series of feelings and actions most similar, in various degrees, to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and they block our success.
||We tend to carry these scars largely alone, our ability to trust destroyed, and riddled with feelings of guilt, shame, depression, sadness and deep loneliness.
Fear in its many manifestations rules us. We make poor life choices.
We are severely wounded. But the happy news is that we are not alone, and can find recovery by banding together. We can share the experience of healing from our abuse in groups dedicated to helping each other. We can also frequently benefit from guided therapy with individual professional counselors or, again, in group therapy.
In addition there is much good work we can do in a world where pedophiles, rapists and sex traders abound.
I want to speak as an advocate for the thousands of children, youngsters and adolescents who are still being subjected to abuse. I'll want to highlight the continuing need to protect the most vulnerable and weakest among us from criminals who abuse, kidnap, kill, traffic and take advantage of our kids.
I'm particularly interested in reaching men, who seem by their nature to feel especially ashamed and guilty about their youthful experiences, and are known to be more reluctant to get the help they so desperately need.
||But I also want to help adult women who are survivors of child abuse, and kids of both sexes. I also hope to be able to assist people of any age who have been induced into the sex-worker trade and wish to escape it.
No one group has a "magic bullet" cure to rid the world of these evils, but there are several viable alternatives to explore.
I'll explain the resources I know about, describe my own recovery, and offer as much information about recovery (and serving the still-abused community) as I can find.
Media, government officials and other non profits should feel free to contact me.
I'm also willing to travel anywhere in the country to speak to groups about my experiences, and even more importantly about my recovery, and I'll happily offer to honestly answer questions. Feel free to contact me at the email address you'll find below (please add NAASCA to the subject line).
Yours in service,
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|CLICK HERE to listen to an audio version of my story of severe child abuse, kidnapping and child pornography (and even more importantly, of my recovery) as I first told it in October 2009, shortly after the death of my mother.
This is a Featured Show on "Community Matters" with Bill Murray. Episode 63 was the first of three nights I first publicly revealed the story of my being an adult survivor of severe child abuse and subsequent recovery (by this time I'd been in recovery for over 25 years).
"Community Matters" with Bill Murray - talk radio show