Trauma Recovery Advocacy & Resources
Helping victims of domestic violence, spiritual abuse, and physical and emotional trauma heal from the past and fill the gap from surviving to thriving.
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“Can we talk about the negative effects of Purity Culture for a bit? As a recently married woman who grew up in the height of the modern Purity Movement and chose to remain a virgin until marriage, I am beginning to see even more reasons why this culture and its teachings are SO SO dangerous…”
When you’re tired of simply
the aftermath of abuse
Every day, millions of people suffer emotional, spiritual, and physical abuse at the hands and words of those closest to them.
the effects of trauma
Few people truly understand the underlying wreckage that remains in a person’s soul…and body…from past experiences.
the loss of faith
For many, these traumas and abuses run deep into the very fabric of their beliefs, and they don’t know where to turn or what to believe anymore.
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My name is Emily, but you can call me Em. I am passionate about trauma recovery.
After growing up in a home with domestic violence and being raised in a fundamentalist, patriarchal cult for 23 years, I made the courageous (reckless?) decision to walk away from everything I knew and embark on what has become the most wild ride of my life.
What started as a personal journey soon transformed into a mission: to both spread awareness about the life-altering effects of trauma, and to teach others how to find true healing.
Thriving Forward was founded on the belief that through the blood of Jesus Christ and by His Grace, anyone who has endured life-altering trauma can do more than just survive their trauma — they can learn how to thrive!
This is my Mission
To advocate for survivors of abuse and trauma by believing their story, empathizing with their pain, encouraging them with hope of the Redeemer, and finally, empowering them to use their voice to spread truth, awareness, and grace to further empower other survivors to find their freedom.
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Let’s Talk About Purity Culture
Can we talk about the negative effects of Purity Culture for a bit? As a recently married woman who grew up in the height of the modern Purity Movement and choose to remain a virgin until marriage, I am beginning to see even more reasons why this culture and its...
Why Am I Still a Christian?
A commenter told me yesterday, “It’s amazing you still have faith.” My answer to her? “Jesus. It’s allllllll Jesus.” In the recent years that I have been studying the dangers of Legalistic Christianity, I have seen the many, many heartbreaking consequences. Most...
My Story of Sexual Assault
Today I’d like to share a highly vulnerable story with you in the hopes of getting one very important message across: You are NEVER at fault for your sexual assault. EVER. Shortly before I met my husband, I met another man through online dating. He was from out of...