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Survivors Speak Out: Painful reflections on Father’s Day

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On the eve of Father’s Day, social media has become a platform where survivors of childhood sexual abuse are bravely sharing their painful stories, breaking years of silence and isolation.

The conversation, sparked by a poignant post rejecting the notion of honoring a father who inflicted irreparable harm, has drawn in countless voices echoing similar tales of trauma.

One survivor, who endured abuse from age 5 until escaping at 14, expressed a sentiment shared by many: “I hope he’s rotting in hell, it took me 74 years to say that!,” she wrote on Thread on Saturday.

Responses flooded in, each sharing heartbreaking accounts of betrayal and pain at the hands of those trusted the most.

A survivor who only recalled the abuse decades later at 47 lamented, “He’s still alive, but I wish him dead every day.” Others recounted the long-lasting scars of abuse that altered their lives forever.

One survivor recounted how reporting their abuser, who passed away before facing justice, brought a mix of closure and pain: “It’s time to start living because it’s never too late.”

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The thread also highlighted societal barriers to addressing such abuses, with one user reflecting on the silencing of victims: “Silence is why there are so many victims.”

The outpouring of stories underscores the profound impact of childhood trauma and the courage it takes to confront it publicly.

Many expressed solidarity and support, acknowledging the resilience of survivors who continue to navigate the aftermath of their ordeals.

As these survivors grapple with painful memories on the eve of Father’s Day, their voices stand as a powerful testament to resilience and the ongoing struggle for healing and justice.

For Support: If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual abuse, you can seek support from organizations such as RAINN or The National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Social Media Awareness: Follow discussions on Thread using hashtags like #SurvivorStories or #EndChildAbuse to join the conversation and support survivors.

This report aims to reflect the emotional impact and widespread resonance of survivors’ stories shared on social media, emphasizing the need for support, understanding, and action against childhood sexual abuse.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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