‘This Tangled Web’ Began in February 2010 with a self-made website going live to share my journey through the pain and chaos of healing from childhood sexual abuse. It is a journey that I have always likened to a tangled web…woven over many years and entangling the victim in a complex web of untruths in which we need to work hard at making ourselves free from.
Here I share my poetry, my art therapy and anything else I can in order to reach out to other survivors of sexual abuse. It was always my wish to one day use my writing to help others right from being a teenager myself. I never wanted others to feel as excrutiatingly alone as I did. Prior to building the website the only times I had shared some of my writing was in therapy or on a mental health support website. It was one of the very first responses I got from a lady on that website which confirmed for me the benefit of sharing such deep things. I still have a print out of her message she sent me which I will always keep….
Hello, My name is Dee Dee and I am new here. I have read your posts, and I am speechless. Beautiful writing always stops me in my tracks. I am moved to a place that I cannot begin to describe. I fervently hope your writing helps you deal with your grieve and pain. That it brings you solace and comfort. That writing down the bones of your abuse and violation, releases them from your mind, and in their place reign the peace and joy you so rightly deserve.
‘Every child and young person has the right to feel safe and to be protected’
Shortly after I built the website, I opened an online support group called ‘Reaching Survivors of Sexual Abuse’. The group reached over 500 members both male and female in the first year. R.S.O.S.A went on to have a book published in September 2011 titled ’SILENT NO MORE’ and a follow up book published in October 2012 titled ‘GROWING STRONGER, GROWING FREE’. It is a place of peer to peer support in a friendly environment of care and looking to the future.
I have had my poetry published into a book titled ‘This Tangled Web’ and April 2011 saw the publication of my 2nd book called ‘Nobody’s Rag Doll’. My 3rd book brings healing inspiration in the form of ‘Kate’s A-Z of Healing’ which was published October 2012.
The summer of 2011 welcomed in a new chapter as we became a constituted charity. We have a team of Trustees who all give their time freely. We follow the constitution as set out by the charity commission.
I am committed to this journey and committed to doing all I can to help us all untangle this web of deceit that we should never have been woven into. I feel absolutely blessed to be in touch with so many survivors all around the world…we are stronger together.
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who wont do anything about it” ~Einstein.
I want to acknowledge and thank my Psychologist ‘Chris’ for helping me to unravel and make sense of my childhood. I will never as long as I live forget what you did. The truth you taught me to see about myself and about the world I grew up in. The freedom that our hard work in therapy has given to me now. The new found ability to see things for how they truly are and therefore to be someone who is able to think for herself and know what she deserves. I also want to acknowledge and thank my best friend for her love and patience and all who have supported me on this journey in so many different ways and on so many different levels.
You can contact Kate Swift directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Kate always answers all emails as soon as she is able, usually within 24-48 hours.
‘The worst abuse is to deny that abuse exists’
‘ Not all organisations are run by survivors for survivors and I believe this is a very important shining light for This Tangled Web’ W.B
Given the subject matter a lot of the poems within the poetry based pages may be distressing. It is important to look after yourself…maybe just read one every now and then when you feel you want and need to…maybe read a few when you feel strong and have good support available to you. I want these poems to be a tool to help you…please read them with care for yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: The information and material on this website is shared in good faith, and TTW are not responsible for any omissions, errors or any losses that may result from using the website.