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In the quiet of the morning today, sitting in front of a fire with my morning coffee, I reveled in the amazing wondrous sound of rolling thunder, especially rare in the month of May.  I love thunder.  Where I live such sounds are an extraordinary phenomena. Most of you know I was raped at gunpoint […]

The First Aftershock…

The First  Aftershock…

I often wondered immediately after my own rape, Did this really happen?  I feel fine.  This can’t be happening to me! Everything and everyone seemed surreal for awhile.  I could not be left alone for the first two weeks after the rape.  In fact, I do not recall anything about my children-talking to them or […]

How To Have Healing and Ongoing Hope

HOPE.  There wasn’t any for me or so I thought.  I was raped September 22, 1982.  It was mid-morning, in my home, on my bed.  My mind raced to make sense out of the seemingly impossible.  Was this some kind of a bad practical joke?  Had my brother-in law gotten off of work to pull […]

How Safe Is Your Child’s Teacher? “Kristen’s Secret”…48 Hours

How Safe Is Your Child’s Teacher?  “Kristen’s Secret”…48 Hours

  I love being outside; hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, and walking with friends.  I want to parachute.  I want to backpack.  I don’t like Facebook or Twitter or any of that stuff.  My intuitive therapist brain just doesn’t connect with all that, or even have a clue how computers work.  The younger generations have grown […]

Can We Really Change Ourselves and Our Communities?

Redeem the Silence; an Unintended Journey By Sherrill Nielsen, MA, MFT Rape tore apart my well-planned life and shattered my Christian family. Now, as a therapist with years of professional experience and personal process behind me, I’ve written as a survivor to a survivor, and to her family and faith community. Because survivors of sexual […]

Yppee! Brave Miss World!

Yppee! Brave Miss World!

It has been a couple of years since I first went to a preview of this movie.  I am so glad it is now on Netflix.  I watched it the other night.  I have blogged on this movie before.  They changed the title from Miss World to Brave Miss World.  Her journey begins with the […]

New Website Announcement!

Dear Readers, Next time, I will be getting back to where last left off on the Unintended Journey of the 4 R’s of Recovery; my real passion.  These give hope and healing to survivors. Awareness, discovery and convictions are fabulous.  And a single survivor’s healing is just as important; maybe even more so? Meanwhile, this […]

Kristen Lewis Cunnane

Have you heard about her?   her name is Kristen Lewis Cunnane.  She has started dreaming again. Her story is that a trusted teacher and sports coach started raping her.  The teacher/coach is female, Julie Correa.  The raping lasted for four years, all through high school. Kristen is 30 now.  In 2010 she pressed charges. […]


Kudos to “The Kansas City Star.”  On their front page, and it takes up nearly the whole front page, is “The Alter Boys’ Secret.”  It was even the Sunday paper, December 4, 2011. “Four young lives, innocence lost.  One priest, later sent for treatment.  Decades of silence and secrets.  And finally, revelations as a 30-year […]

Let’s Invite Change

There are several places in the Bible where we are admonished to not be conformed to this world.  My favorite is James 1:27…”and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  What better way can we do this but to be willing to change our attitudes when they are not in alignment with the […]