Lost and Disillusioned

My name is George. I was released from prison about one month ago after a 15 year sentence. It is important for me to say that I am incredibly sorry for the harm my actions have caused. I grew up being sexually abused as a child, but never considered it as abuse. My sister and a couple of her friends abused me from about 8 yrs. old until about 11. This completely warped my view on sexuallity. I equated sex with love and believed sex was how one expressed love to who he or she cared about. After much therapy and CSOP programming, it is becoming hard to live with the harm I have caused to those I love.

I am currently living in a men’s homeless shelter that was kind enough to accept me and am truly grateful. I have no idea where I can find safe housing and do not know what my prospects will be for any type of meaningful employment. I have some things working in my favor: I have helped many men pass the GED math test and am actually really good at explaining math to people and enjoy it. I have a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ashland University and finished as Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. I also am certified in braille transcription. I just want to somehow build a life where I can help the community be a better place and help all that I can. Right now it just seems like there is no path to successful reintegration. I don’t want to be perceived as overwhelmed with self-pity. I’m just very scared that I won’t make it through this. If registration laws kept anyone safe, I would be all for them- no matter how they affected me, but they only prevent integration among a population that that needs it perhaps the most. I guess I am looking to be pointed in the right direction. Right now, I just have know idea where to begin. Thank you all for any help, resources, and suggestions. -George

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