Hi, I'm Angie. I first experienced physical abuse at the age of 9 by my step-dad. It was only shortly after that it escalated to sexual abuse and then incest. Once I was old enough to leave the situation I did, but I was left with a tremendous amount of anger, hatred, bitterness, resentment & depression. Over the next several years, I got help any way I could; reading books at the library, watching videos, seeing counselors & therapists, attending support groups & offender apologies; you name it, I tried it. There was nothing too far out there that I wasn't willing to give a try. Some things worked, some didn't. I just took the information that resonated with me and left the rest. At some point I realized I was still allowing him to control who I was, how I acted and reacted to situations, even though he was long gone from my life. I was tired of the same old cycle, same relationships, same situations, spinning my wheels and going nowhere. I decided I was going to stop this cycle of disempowerment. These are some of the things that have helped me or that I have learned about. I hope some of what I share may help you.