By Kelli Bungert
Kelli Bungert is from central Wisconsin, and a survivor of childhood rape, incest, and domestic violence. She also a survivor of adult rape and incest at the hands of her biological father.
In my last article I wrote about how my three children were taken away from me. Having my kids ripped out of my arms just because I was living in the aftermath of abuse almost destroyed what was left of me. Yes, I was raped and sexually assaulted, abused emotionally and physically. But the moment I had the kids I was filled with hope, and found I had strength I didn’t know I had. My kids saved my life.
Last Sunday I was reunited with one of my children. The ride felt like it took forever. The anticipation made me antsy. I couldn't sit still, and was so happy I smiled the whole way there. It had been 17 years and I was about to see my daughter for the first time since she was 3 years old! Was I nervous? Yes, a little. Was I scared? Not at all!
When we got to the house where my daughter is living, and I got out of the truck and we just ran toward each other, and hugged for the first time in 17 years. It was the most incredible feeling to have my arms wrapped around my baby once again.
We spent time talking and getting to know each other, and found out that we have a lot in common. We both play guitar, draw, and want to make the world a little better. She is a very bright, smart woman and was her high school valedictorian. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and is going to school to become a Registered Nurse.
Finding out she was conceived by rape really upset her, but we are OK, and she knows that I love her no matter what. She knows that I am here for her and we will make it through this together. We have a lot of healing to do, but I think we are off to a pretty good start.
Before leaving I gave her my guitar and told her it will help her through the hard times. She is writing a song about keeping her head held high. From what I have heard so far it’s going to be amazing.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Stick around, there will be many updates to follow. Enjoy life and be happy. It’s the only chance we get. The future is ours.
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