I am a survivor of abuse. I have become victorious over abuse and continue to grow in that victory each day. Over a lifetime I learned how to be a victim. I was taught those lessons starting as a child. I was a quick learner and straight A student of those lessons. One day, after finding the "basement floor" and realizing that "up" was probably the only place to go if I didn't want to stay there, I rationalized that if I was such a good student, I could be a good student at better lessons. All I needed to learn better lessons were better teachers. Teachers who would teach me not only how NOT to be a victim, but how to be empowered. How to go from victim to victorious.