Becoming a Man in the Shadowlands

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Summary

Surviving Rape, Abuse, and Incest - a true story of childhood sexual assault I was sexually abused as a child and this is my story. I had kept the secrets and memories of my abuse hidden within me for so long that my silence became a prison. Childhood abuse casts a long shadow over the lives of the abused. I am a survivor of the Shadowlands, and today I'm finally free. I have begun the healing process. All the energy I had consumed keeping the secrets locked within me is now available to help myself heal. For me, healing is nothing more than coming to terms with my past and understanding how my experiences helped to shape the person I have become. Childhood’s forge of experience shaped my life one event at a time. Each of my abusers took their turn as the blacksmith. They assaulted my body and mind with their will, each strike shaped and twisted me into new ways and directions. I resisted, to the best of my ability. I refused to break, and I would not yield. Nevertheless, I did bend and change. I would never be the same again. Healing will be a long and sometimes difficult road to journey, but I would rather walk this path with friends in the sunshine than to travel alone in the darkness.

Genre:
Other
Author:
Dennis_Randall
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
38
Rating:
4.4 13 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

Prologue

“If you wish to have a life worth reading about you must first live a life worth writing about.” – Charles H. Randall

I was sexually abused as a child. I started writing this book by accident. One day over a cup of coffee, I told a friend. The words slipped out of my mouth before I could catch them. The secret, which I had hidden within myself for fifty years, was no longer a secret. As I broke down in tears, my friend became the first person to know.

The simple sharing of a secret unleashed a flood of emotions and memories. The experience was almost overwhelming and to restore order to the chaos of recollection; I started a journal which evolved into the story you are now reading.

I had kept the secrets and memories of my abuse hidden within me for so long that my silence became a prison. Childhood abuse casts a long shadow over the lives of the abused.

I am a survivor of the Shadowlands, and today I’m finally free. I have begun the healing process. All the energy I had consumed keeping the secrets locked within me is now available to help myself heal.

For me, healing is nothing more than coming to terms with my past and understanding how my experiences helped to shape the person I have become.

Childhood’s forge of experience shaped my life one event at a time. Each of my abusers took their turn as the blacksmith. They assaulted my body and mind with their will, each strike shaped and twisted me into new ways and directions. I resisted, to the best of my ability. I refused to break, and I would not yield. Nevertheless, I did bend and change. I would never be the same again.

Healing will be a long and sometimes difficult road to journey, but I would rather walk this path with friends in the sunshine than to travel alone in the darkness.

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112213: I like your writing style, it's descriptive but not too complicated. Apart from that it is a bit cliché but that is all I dislike about it. Keep up the good work!

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JacquelineS: I loved the story. Another excellent read by the author. The plot was original and the development of the characters was good. I loved the entire book.This is wonderful story to read.

bypraise33: Glad they finally made it!! Great story thank you!!!

Heidi Stanley: Amazing writing skills had me hooked from book 1,took me little under 20 hours to read all three books, because ei couldn't put them down, keep up the great work, hope tk read more of your work very soon

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Jade: Well written with great spelling, grammar and punctuation. However, you should warn people that your story contains rape as it can cause flashbacks to victims and cause further trauma.

Виктория Ламбрева: I love your sense of humor. I laughed so hard at certain moments. At the same time the plot was serious enough and did not disappoint ... just as stunning as in the other three books. Looking forward for the next one.

Taggsa: Love this book i can not wait until it is updated such an amazing plot line, job well done and it will more than likley be one that stays in my library.

Kellyan David: I really liked but it's not the ending I was hoping for. I really enjoy reading and the ending made it a bit real and not fiction because ppl do go through things like that. I'm happy they stuck together through it all

Rachel: Lots of mistyped words, pronouns and whatnot but seriously who cares, this story is gorgeous! More than once I was angry at the characters, and more than once I swooned for them too, and they aren't real! This authors always tugs at my heartstrings. Will definitely read this one again

JacquelineS: I am so glad I chose to read this story. It was beautifully written and I adored the characters. Kudos to the author for capturing all the romance, passion, and heartache that involves in abstaining a relationship.

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