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. As part of his personal therapy, he began journaling to help in the recovery process. A friend suggested he start a blog that might help both him and others. When he realized he might get more feedback from fellow survivors that might help them both, he began a blog called “Together We Heal” (TWH) and the response was more than he could’ve imagined! Fellow survivors, their family members, concerned parents and many others responded with an influx of questions: How did you take that first step? Where do you go for support? How can we better protect our children?
It was at this point David realized he had a decision to make. To continue with things “as-is” and help those who he could in whatever 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.
From its meager existence as a simple blog in 2011, until it filed paperwork with the government in 2012 to become an official 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, TWH has grown exponentially. TWH has a real and substantial online presence, and is leading through example in South Florida. Most significantly, TWH is now partnered with GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). We work together to educate churches on Child Safeguarding policies, show them guidelines and practices and how to create a safer environment for children.
We have developed relationships to include other leading National and International Survivor Support organizations such as The Bristlecone Project, as well as local affiliations like the Victim Services Division of Palm Beach County. It is a fundamental belief of TWH that by joining forces and combining resources we can make a real difference in the lives of children and survivors.
None of this would be possible without those who have given and continue to give of their time, talents and financial resources. It’s because of them and you TWH is able help those in need.
The demand grows increasingly and if you find yourself either in need of guidance, or able to assist others with your time or resources, please contact us. The needs of so many rely on the kindness of those willing.
May survivors of CSA find the peace they so desperately deserve and let’s work together to protect all children, everywhere.