I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. My name is Melanie Duhan; I was raised in the beautiful town of Terrace, BC. I am a mother of 3 wonderful, caring, strong, young women. I am blessed with 5 grandchildren who bring laughter and joy to my life. Now I am supposed to talk about who I am, but I am not going to go into great details. As this is not something I feel is too important right now. This is about those of us, who have survived childhood trauma, and now together we can speak out without shame or fear of no one believing us. I am a very private person. As I began to journal about my childhood, at first it was just for me, so I could hopefully put it behind me. The past had haunted me all of my adult life, and healing and accepting was the purpose, in the beginning. I started down this path and as the memories surfaced; I began to feel a deep loss, anger and a strong deep belief that I was worthless. This was a very difficult journey, but there was a greater purpose. The purpose is to speak out about childhood abuse and neglect. To voice the injustices children face every minute of each day. To scream it out, to call it what it is, to get people to stop looking away. To show other survivors that we have a voice and together we can help others and the children who suffer quietly as we turn away. This is how the book, which is almost finished, came about. The web page was to evoke emotions so others can heal. Then we can help the children who right now are suffering in silence, as we look away.