A Mother’s Nightmare

Dreamcatchers For Abused Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to fight child abuse, a worldwide epidemic which is killing our children.

Sandra Potter, CEO and Founder of Dreamcatchers For Abused Children shares why she began this foundation.  After you read her story, I hope this will encourage you to join her in her fight against abuse.

I continue to be asked over and over again, “Why do you run this website?”  I want everyone who reads this to know EXACTLY “why”….

I am just another mother on a mission!  I was one of those parents who thought this type of thing would “never happen to me.”

We lived in a small country town and my mother and stepfather babysat for me to KEEP THEM SAFE FROM HARM while I struggled and worked the night shift.  I mean, if you can’t trust your own family, who can you trust, right?  WRONG!!!

The day I walked in and caught my stepfather molesting my 5-year old innocent daughter was the most HORRIFIC and TRAUMATIC moment of my life.  My world (and hers) as we knew it had just permanently changed…

On our way to the police station she looked at me and saw me crying.  She was wrapped in only a light blanket.  It was the only thing I could quickly grab as I rushed out of the house with her. 

She said, “Mom, don’t cry.  It’s okay…We were just playing our secret game.”

My heart SANK!!

How could I not have seen the signs?  Why didn’t she tell me?  How did I not know? 

I wanted this man to pay for what he did to my daughter!  He confessed to molesting my little girl from the age of 2.5 years old!  HE STOLE THREE YEARS OF HER INNOCENCE, TRUST AND CHILDHOOD!

I went through every emotion possible from shock, denial, depression and even suicidal–then finally anger.

Even though he was prosecuted and sentenced to 15 years for CSC 2nd Degree, it still didn’t seem like enough.

So, I actually went out and purchased my first handgun with the intention of serving my own justice, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  My child had already been through enough trauma.  WOULD A JURY HAVE FOUND ME GUILTY?

It depends…Because if any other parent had witnessed what I had to witness that horrific day, by God, I cannot see how ANY jury could ever find a parent GUILTY!!

I am convinced tht if I had known then what I know now, I would have seen the signs–I would have KNOWN something was wrong–I would have been able to STOP IT!  I know how hard it is to comprehend HOW or WHY anyone would hurt our innocent children but, the reality is THEY DO. 

I have spent many hours working on my websites–hoping and praying to educate just ONE MORE PERSON–because , for each new member educated on child abuse, is yet another chance of possibly saving an innocent child. 

My goal is to help educate others based on my own personal experiences, extensive research and firsthand knowledge of the turmoil, trauma and life-long effects abuse can have on your life.

Educate yourself–learn the facts.  This can happen in ANY household–male or female.  It only takes a few minutes to look over our site but the knowledge gained will last you a lifetime.  It could just save a child’s life.

TOGETHER WE “CAN” MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  PLEASE!  This is a matter of conscience.  I can not, and will not, close my eyes in the face of abuse, fully knowing what is happening to our children and knowing that it will continue…I have been, and I will continue, to be their voice. 

If I can save one family from having to go through what my family went through, then I have succeeded!

-Sandra-

What an inspiration this woman is!  She has turned a personal nightmare into a personal goal to fight something she never expected to happen in her own family.  Armed with knowledge about this global issue that affects all of us and drawing on her own experience, she has become the voice for children who are suffering in silence.  She is fighting to break the silence and to prevent another family from going through her nightmare. 

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