In 2006 David Pittman took the first step in acknowledging the childhood sexual abuse (CSA) that was perpetrated against him from the ages of 12 to 15. In taking that first step it led to a process of journaling to help in his recovery process. When he realized that he might get more feedback from fellow survivors that would help them both, he began a blog called “Together We Heal” (TWH) and the response was more than he could’ve imagined! Not only did other survivors respond, but there was a constant influx of questions: How did you take that first step? Where do you go for support? Are there any therapists in my area to help me?
It was at this point David realized he had a decision to make. To either continue with things “as-is” and help those who he could, in whatever minimal way possible, or take TWH to the next level and organize it as an official non-profit, begin recruiting therapists to help survivors, building a team of professionals to get the organization off the ground and help to educate the public on all matters of CSA.
So from its meager existence as a simple blog in 2011, until it filed paperwork with the government in 2013 to become an official 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, TWH has grown by leaps and bounds. TWH now has a real and substantial online presence, is leading through example within the South Florida community having a weekly support group by partnering with SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. It has extended relationships to include other leading National and International Survivor Support organizations as well as local affiliations such as the Victim Services Division of Palm Beach County. It is the fundamental belief of TWH that only by joining forces and combining our resources can we make a real difference in the lives of children and survivors.
Additionally, TWH now has therapists on three continents, from L.A. to London, from Moscow to New Delhi and many points in between. But none of this would be possible without those who have given and continue giving of their time, talents and financial resources. It’s because of them, TWH is capable of helping those in need.
However, the demand grows weekly and If you find yourself in one of two groups, either in need of the assistance from TWH, or in a unique position to assist survivors of CSA with your time or resources, please contact us and let us know how we can help you or how you can help others. The needs of so many rely on the kindness of those willing to give, and we need your help.
May survivors of CSA everywhere find the peace they so dearly deserve.
Together We Heal (TWH) and its no-fee mental health counseling services follows a strict confidentiality policy. Your written permission will be required to release information to other parties (i.e. spouse, family members, or outside institutions). In an effort to maintain professional standards, your counselor may discuss specifics of your situation with other mental health professionals as part of TWH consultation to ensure that appropriate services are provided to you.