I am a beautiful person.

I will learn to love myself again.

I will take the good with the bad.

I will think positively, keeping an open mind.

I won't be afraid to use my voice to be heard.

I will not take the blame for things that I had no control over and were not my fault.

I will stand up for the truth, even if I must stand alone.

With everything I have left in my life, I will make the most of it.

I will allow myself to heal in my own time, taking the healing process one step at a time, one day at a time.

I will not give up but keep fighting to get where I want to be in life.

I will find pleasure in the small things in my life.

To understand my fellow survivors, I will try to put myself in their shoes.

I will lend a hand and be a light to my fellow survivors.

To myself I will always remain true, following my heart.

I will learn to trust again and not push others away who want to help me.

I will believe in myself and always chase my dreams.

I will set goals for myself that I know I can achieve.

I won't back down under pressure and will not be silenced by ignorance and hate.

Every opportunity I get, I will use my past experiences to reach out to others.

I will learn to deal with my anger in a healthy way rather then in a way that will only bring harm to myself.

I will not lock away my emotions and feelings but will allow myself to cry and lose control of my emotions for I am human like everyone else.

I will encourage my fellow survivors, never putting them down or judging them for how they believe or what they go through and what they do to heal.

I will not act better then any of my fellow survivors for I know we are all in this together because of what we have endured and suffered.

I will be empathetic and understanding to the needs of other survivors, offering hope to them and being there for them through the hard times.

I will never back down in what I believe, even if others choose to follow the crowd.

I will not be so hard on myself for the mistakes of the past but learn from them and apply the lessons learned to my future.

Even when times get rough, I will keep going and never give up.

I will trust again, discerning who I can allow close to me and past those walls I set up around my heart.

I will take back control of my own life and not allow my abusers to have any control over any part of my life anymore.

I will break the chains of my past and learn to gradually let go and move on.

I will use the inner strength deep inside me to survive.

Even during life's storms, I will look for the good and weather the storm, knowing that my rainbow will come out and the sun will shine again.

One by one I will face my problems, taking them on instead of running away from them.

I will accept me, all of me, for who I am.

I will accept others for who they are and not be afraid to accept that which is different.

I will keep surviving, living, fighting as a warrior on the battlefield of life and refuse to give in to defeat.

Most importantly, I will know in my heart that my life is worth living and I have a purpose in my life, using any talents I have to make a difference in the lives of others.

'Survivor's Pledge' Copyright © 2008 Jenna Kandyce Linch