'I will keep fighting to live my life to the fullest': Desaree'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 Desaree’s story in her own words.

I spent most of my childhood surviving. I was filled with anger from being forced to grow up too fast. I felt so alone.

After years of keeping my story inside, I found the Aurora Healing Center. With the support of my therapist, Aaron, I began to heal.

I developed tools to process my trauma. I can now take my experiences and help others without feeling the pain, guilt, and emotion all over again.

My healing is a lifelong journey, and I will keep fighting to live my life to the fullest.

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 Desaree. 

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

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