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It's no secret that many young boys are victims of sexual assault growing up. I'm not sure of the exact numbers; however, I would assume that more often than not, many of these young men go on never to speak a single word of the assault. Well, that is not what Sean Segerstrom did. From the age of only four years, old Sean experienced sexual assault from a family member and then a close family friend. This would continue until his late teenage years. Sean explains that he thought that that is how people show each other that they love them. It's these experience that causes Sean some of the struggles that he still battles today. Although these are real struggles, finding any positivity in a story such as this can be very uncomfortable, there has been a silver lining.
Sean explains how he found his chosen family. He speaks about the people that, while not blood related to him, are his family. Those who sat with him in some of his darkest moments in life without an ounce of judgment. These are the people who've always made him feel safe. Sean does a beautiful job helping the audience know that they, too, can find their chosen family!
I hope that those of you whom Sean mentioned are listening to today's episode. You deserve to hear the kind things he said about you all. The love he has for you all is undeniable.
Thanks, Sean, for sharing your message and story with the world. We need more people like you not only to stand up against the injustices that they face but to also speak to the younger generations that are coming up after us. Young people, we need you guys to know that you're not alone. While it might feel that way now, it will not always be this way. There is a natural progression of life that happens and often its an uncomfortable growing pain that we don't at the moment often understand. The beautiful thing about it is if we take a step back and surrender control to something greater than ourselves, then, the possibilities of our life are endless and bountiful!
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