'I now have joy and love in my heart': Jasmine's story

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Aurora Health Care Foundation is supporting the healing journey of survivors by sharing their stories and raising critical funds for Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. This is Jasmine’s story in her own words.

Due to the extreme trauma and suffering that I went through, I felt so isolated and alone. In 2012, I found the Healing Center. I was in a very dark place of depression and shame because of what happened to me. I found myself prisoner of my abuse, and this didn't allow me to see that I was worthy of healing or having a normal life.

Throughout my time here, I have grown so much. My counselor helped me understand that what happened to me wasn't my fault. In the process, I learned to set boundaries, trust others and learn that I'm worthy of love.

My life changed when, two years ago, I decided to accept Jesus in my heart and started to walk in His ways. Since then, He has become the anchor of my life and through Him, I have experienced freedom and breakthrough.

All the chains of anxiety, depression and shame have been broken. I now have joy and love in my heart, and I’m sharing my story with others to give hope and encouragement. I want this light and faith to reach those around me. I want to be an inspiration to my generation.

To anyone going through what I've been through: You are not alone. I want you to know that you are loved, you have value and your life is precious. I'm grateful to know that I have a purpose and hope for my future.

I would not be where I am today without Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. Donations to Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services directly support counseling, emergency forensic care, the 24/7 crisis hotline and more to help survivors like me heal and thrive. 

Thank you for giving me the tools, reassurance and a safe space for me to reclaim my voice.

How you can help

Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services provides healing services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence from the point of crisis through lifelong recovery. To ensure access and privacy for all survivors in our community, services are provided at no cost and are only possible because of the generosity of donors like you. Please consider making a gift today and supporting survivors like Jasmine.

As part of her healing journey, Jasmine wrote a message of hope and strength to her younger self.

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