A Story of Courage
Our client first came to us as an eighth-grader, and by then her short history was already laden with challenges, including sexual abuse that had led to depressive symptoms and anxiety. Through it all, her demeanor stayed so resilient that many people around her had no idea of her struggles. She continued to remain a diligent honors student, a hard-working athlete, and a role model to her classmates.
In her first month of treatment, she was empowered to courageously make a legal report concerning her sexual abuse history, which was added to the initial mandated report. Even amidst fears and anxiety, she agreed to involve her older sister in the process, an important first step in building assertiveness in talking with her family about the incident, since the perpetrator was a member of her extended family.
At the time of her first court hearing, she was entering high school and facing even more trials through her health, family changes, moving, and peer relationships. Although there were hardships to endure, she accepted them with perseverance and focused on hope and positivity. She continued to grow in her treatment, worked hard toward graduation, and was even nominated homecoming queen.
She has now been accepted to college, and her future continues to be hopeful and bright. She will walk forward one step at a time feeling empowered and valuable, in part because of the school-based therapists who walked with her and helped her discover the greatness that had been within her all along. It’s inspiring to know that she now recognizes it in herself.