Residents of the Cordero residential program are
asked to write an empathy letter as part of their treatment and rehabilitative
services. One anonymous youth was willing to share his letter, providing a
glimpse into the hearts and minds of the young men we serve.
Dear Victims of
I am a trauma survivor myself. I
know that times get hard when you get offended and/or abused. I felt this way
many times in my life. I chose to tell the story when I should not have had to.
I know that you might not want to share the abuse, but this will help you start
the process of healing. It feels horrible and sad knowing that you are carrying
a secret and burden that you should not have to carry. Some feelings behind
this are self-blame because you, the victim, want to have a sense of knowing
who to blame. In reality there is only one person to blame, which is the
perpetrator. I know that it is hard to believe, but when you talk about what
happened to you the road to becoming a survivor is easier. When you do not talk
about what is going on with you, the effects of all the abuse will get stronger
on the inside of yourself. Then your emotions come out sideways. Do not let the
abuse ruin your ...