My name is Jim Minardi, a 23-year-old survivor living in the SW suburbs of Chicago. I've had an account on here since 2011, but rarely used it until two weeks ago.
From May 17-19th, I attended a Weekend of Recovery in Dahlonega, GA that has forever changed my life. For anyone who is new to MS, new to discovering their abuse, or feeling as if they are alone...rest assured, you are NOT. The WoR brought me together with an amazing group of 16 other brothers who accept me for who I am and understand what I've been through.
I hope to lend a voice to younger survivors who are unsure of what they've been through and who feel like no one understands. I hope that survivors of high school/college/early 20s, can see that you don't have to suffer in silence. You really do have others who will listen, accept, and who truly understand.
And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance