Un-Shattered is Debbie’s recount of her own journey of childhood sexual abuse, the cycles of abuse that continued thereafter, and the healing that finally came through her faith in Jesus Christ.


“Why did this happen to me?”  A question that haunted me for most of my life.   I promised my mom I wouldn’t tell.  But what happened in the house I grew up in… I can’t and won’t speak for anyone else, but as for me, it’s time to tell my truth.  But if I shared everything that I knew, would people think I was crazy?!  I always felt like I was on the outside looking in.  Like an out-of-body experience.  Existing was all I knew.  Surviving one more day was how I coped.   But by the age of 24 the walls came crashing down, and so did I.


“Recognizing you were abused can be one of the loneliest roads one can ever travel.  Mistaking abuse for love — one of the most confusing.  And what I experienced was nothing short of a sick and twisted hell.  But my story doesn’t have a sad ending.  Learning to embrace my inner child has been the key to unlocking my pain.  Allowing that little girl to have a voice and release her panic and fear has brought balance to my life.


I am sharing my story not to sensationalize what happened to me or make people feel sorry for me, but to encourage those that have been victims of abuse, in all its forms, that there is hope. There is healing.  There is a God who can wash away all of the stench and make you clean and whole again.  I give God all the glory for my survival.  He is truly our rescuer and help in time of trouble.


My life was shattered into a million pieces.  Endless cycles of abuse had brought me to the brink of insanity.  Then I experienced God’s power, strength, endurance, and with time, His wisdom and courage to embrace who I am.  Flaws and all.


I am a survivor.”  

Debbie Hargis,

Author, Speaker, Abuse Survivor

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