I hope you are all doing well
I wanted to use this post as an opportunity to talk about a personal event that affected me and how I hope to turn a bad experience into something better
As a child I loved swimming. Seeing my excitement, my parents hired a private swim coach for my sister and I. He appeared to be sincere and professional. He focused on improving timing and endurance, and his coaching coupled with my hard work helped me win three individual championships and countless medals. However, appearances can be deceptive. When I was not accompanied by my sister or a parent, he would seat me on his lap and sexually abuse me in my bathing suit. This continued for almost one whole year. For years I struggled to cope with what happen and it became an emotional burden which affected my live tremendously. I was naïve and innocent then and couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me.
As I matured, I realized what happened and was consumed with guilt. Reluctant to tell my parents, at first I tried to blank it out and move on with life. I stopped swimming classes, but the memory continued to bother me. For the longest time it took such emotional toll on my mental health. Sometimes I would wake up at night, my heart pounding at the thought of seeing the coach again. It wasn’t until the age of fifteen that I mustered the courage to open up to my mother. She was shocked. She was dismayed that I waited so long to tell her; maybe she could have stopped it sooner. To this day I regret holding back for so long. My parents’ calm and firm support gave me hope and a me confidence and I grew bold and stronger
Many of you might be wondering why I am sharing such a personal story that though on social media. I believe I’ve reached a point of maturity in my life where I can look back on a terrible experience such as this one and learn and grow from it. As this issue is close to me I have decided to take a stand against child abuse.
Around 1 billion children worldwide between the ages 2-17 are abused either sexually, violently or physically.
I am fundraising 500 dollars for Team all4kids which is a fundraising effort with the Children's Bureau dedicated to raising money to prevent child abuse through a Manhattan beach 10k run.
I had a supportive family, loving friends and came from a privileged community that helped me through what had happened BUT there are so many kids who are not as fortunate as I have been and are not able to bounce back from such abuse. Help me raise money to prevent a child from suffering like so many do in the world
I hope you support me in this. Every dollar counts
This was a very difficult story to share and took a lot of strength to open up about it so thank you for reading this post and I hope you join me in preventing child abuse.