No Longer Invisible - Shedding Light on Sexual Abuse, Molestation
Barrington M. Salmon | 11/22/2011, 1:45 a.m.
If Sandusky is found guilty, the circumstances under which he operated would be very similar to what played out in the sordid Red Sox story.
"Penn State has elevated the consciousness of people to this situation," Freeman said. "We can no longer sleepwalk through this problem."
Freeman envisions an organization that educates and informs the public about the facts of child sexual abuse, offers ways to prevent it from occurring and provides the means to heal the broken minds, bodies and spirits of survivors. Although she is based in Miami, Freeman said NLI will be organization with national reach. She said she plans to use every platform available, including churches, schools and other non-profit organizations.
"I plan to coordinate healing retreats in Jamaica, the Virgin Islands and Key West because water has a healing quality. I would also incorporate different exercises and workshops to foster healing. There would be sessions on forgiveness, sessions on healing and I would be bringing in professionals for healing and wholeness," said Freeman. "I want to encompass all the ills in society in this healing modality such as domestic violence which is secretive too and a source of shame and I want to target bullying, as well."
Freeman said she revels in the freedom she has found.
"I am no longer invisible. I believe that God is using my experience as a survivor," said the Miami native. "My mission is to spark dialogue in the public arena. They (abusers) need to know that children are off-limits. No one is saying this to developing, hormone-raging teens. They rob their victims of their innocence."
"This is my life's calling. I have to do this. This is what I do. I am nurturing and building my own organization. I feel so free. I am walking in my mission, walking in my purpose and calling. This haunted me for a long time and this (the foundation) will allow many people to benefit."