Several years ago, I attended a church where a variety group counseling / self-improvement classes were offered. One of those classes was based upon the book “Every Man’s Battle.” It was (understandably) only open to men.
There was no equivalent class for women.
I’m a woman who has struggled with pornography.
Things like my former church’s class schedule simply served to remind me that I was more than just a sinner. I was also a freak – an anomaly. There was no support system for women who were dealing with every man’s battle. We were supposed to be immune. I felt like I was alone.
I wasn’t immune.
I also wasn’t alone… but unfortunately, I didn’t find that out until I worked up the courage to share my story with someone I trusted many years later.
It took me several years to pull myself out of that pit… and even though I no longer struggle with that addiction, I still deal with a lot of guilt and shame. I have only begun to truly forgive myself. But at least now I know that I’m not alone… and maybe others who read this will also discover that they are not alone either.
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