My name is Kelli Bungert. I am from central Wisconsin, and am a survivor of childhood rape, incest, and domestic violence. I am also a survivor of adult rape and incest at the hand of my biological father.
My abuse started when I was very young; my first memory of the abuse was when I was three years old. Like most victims, I was scared to say a word about what was happening to me.
When I was eight, with my sister by my side, I told my mother what our father was doing to me. She brushed it off and told me not to mention it again, which made me feel like what was happening to me didn’t matter.
When I was 12 years old I told my aunt what was happening. She contacted the Department of Human Services and the police. My uncle warned my father before the police showed up, which gave him time to threaten me to keep my mouth shut.
During the police interview my father stood right behind me,
gripping the chair every time I was asked a question. The officers told me they would come and speak with me at school the next day, but they never showed up. A few weeks later we moved to a new location.
What happened to me has happened to many children: the offender was allowed to be present during
questioning. In my opinion that is not right. For 17 years I was brutally raped and abused, and gave birth
to not one but three children due to rape and incest.
When it came time for me to face the police again I had proof showing I had been telling the truth the whole time. Nothing proves incest and rape more than DNA! With proof in hand I returned to the same police department it was reported to when I was 12.
As survivors, we need to show other victims and survivors that it is ok to speak up. That they are not alone. Every story I hear and every tear that falls makes me want to fight even harder because I know exactly what they are going through. A group of local survivors in Juneau County is reaching out to help those fleeing abusive situations. S.O.S is a non-profit organization where survivors provide rides to safe locations for victims in harm’s way, and offer resources to those in need. Soon we hope to branch out and have a place of our own. Kelli’s Haven will provide a safe place for those who have nowhere else to turn. I hope people will start believing abused children and lend a hand to the victims who need it the
Mechelle (Shell) Cichy is a retired factory worker, a journal writer, an artist, anda survivor of emotional abuse. She has been instrumental in helping a couplewomen in her life leave abusive relationships and strives to help any others she can. Her personal blog is thewriteempath.com. She also runs a Facebook group for increasing self-worth, something crucial to healing from abuse.
My name is Savannah May. I live in a small town in Mauston, I have a almost 3 year old daughter Ella. I have long list of emotional, and sexual abuse throughout my life.
Just 9 years old I have my first memory. I have learned to cope with these with years of therapy and learning good coping skills, through learning about myself, and my needs it got me interested in helping others.
Using what I have learned and teaching others the same. I have learned to open up about my past. Through Eva Marie, she got me into public speaking just over a year ago.
Since then I have started running my own support group here in Juneau County with a few other wonderful ladies. I have done several speaking event on topics such as Mental health, s
sexual abuse, suicide prevention.
Losing my brother to suicide, my cousin, and uncle - lead me to joining the Juneau County Suicide Prevention Coalition as well as dealing with my own suicidal indications.
I enjoy being a positive advocate here in our community where it is much needed. When I am not working with 17 Head Start students in my class room full time I spend my time outdoors at the park, kayaking , snowmobiling, reading, doing projects with Ella, and cleaning.
So, I guess that is a little bit about me. I'd love to hear from you! Join our Facebook pages! Join the Juneau County Suicide Prevention Coalition, When I became free, and Survivors Offering Support of Juneau County.
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