In 2020, Jessica Simpson released her memoir “Open Book”. In her life account, she divulges her struggles throughout her past. She speaks openly about her battle against drugs and alcohol addiction fueled by the unaddressed sexual abuse she experienced as a little girl. There are multiple inspiring elements of Simpson’s story. However, one aspect that stands out is how she could heal more after talking about the abuse all these years later. In an interview with ABC News, Simpson said that one of the reasons she shared her abuse story was so that she could “accept it” and “say it out loud.” Another reason was so that “parents would be more aware of situations their kids might be facing.”
Her story shows how helpful it can be for victims to speak about their experiences at some point in their lives. We want to take this time to highlight why opening up about abuse can be an integral part of the healing process.
We hope that you feel encouraged to share your story after reading this. We would love for you to consider publishing your story (anonymously) on our website. Sharing your story can help you in the ways we mentioned, it helps other victims to recognize that they are not alone and educates the public about ways they can best respond. Visit the “Share Your Story” link in the resources section below to upload your story or write it fresh! If you want our help writing it, please reach out.
To help spread the word to others, consider sharing this blog on your social media, a private email or group chat to help spark a conversation. Creating a dialogue around abuse issues is a pertinent step to educating ourselves and better helping those who have been impacted by abuse.
For those who are interested in learning more from The M3ND Project or gaining resources on abuse, join us for a 4hr Intro training on 2/4 and 2/5. Links are in the resources section below.