Changes

It has really taken a lot longer than I expected, but I assure you all the website changes are on their way.

I did not like the pictures from the previous photographer, so I am having them redone this week.

The Home and About changes have been sent to the people who make the site changes.  Haven’t heard back yet as to when they will get them up.  If all goes well, the new information and the picture will be finished in the next 2 weeks.  Yay!  For a non-techie like me this is all a high learning curve.  It is amazing what I have learned about computer use and will continue to grow in the area.

Anyone following the blog will note that I have not added a new post for awhile. 

We took a great vacation the end of April, visiting Shenandoah National Park, hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, canoed down the Shenandoah River, went to Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home).  We met friends there and just had a good relaxing time.

Meanwhile, after getting back I received instruction on categorizing and creating tags for the blogs.  So, my time has been centered around learning and getting the seventy some blogs organized for easier use by all of you.  Some have read all of them with great enthusiasm.  Others have been discouraged by the amount of blogs and not having them organized.  So, hopefully along with the site changes, the categorization and tags on the blogs will be helpful to many of you.

One of the things I really emphasize both on the site and in my book Redeem The Silence; an Unintended Journey is the need to make an Intentional Choice to face what has happened to you or someone you know.  In making this decision we start moving on the Recovery Road.  Sure, it is not a road we want to take.  We did not choose the evil that happened to us.  However, until we connect the dots of problems in our current lives with the sexual violence the perpetrator is still winning.  I pray you will/are join the Recovery Road, that Unintended Journey. 

If you have begun this Journey (and it eventually becomes a joy and way of growing with God) please let us know what you are doing.  Are you reading something?  Are you in a group?  Are you writing out your story?  Have you told someone what happened?  Sharing parts of your journey can be helpful for you and others.  If you make a blog comment, please remember that you can disguise your name and your email only goes to me.  I approve you as a blogger.  Otherwise your email address is completely secure to others who log onto redeemthesilence.com.

I am so excited because I know of a church that is wanting to start a sexual violence recovery group.  This decision is rare and courageous.  I am working with some of them to provide materials and coach them on how to effectively do a group. 

To have such things happen is part of my dreams and hopes for a future of change.  The above group is an outgrowth of a women’s group where all of the women have a history of sexual violence.  It is a step toward breaking the power of secrecy and shame that the evil one has so effectively used to silence us on this issue. 

I am glad to help anyone else who is interested as well.

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