My name is Sarah Garlits and I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and partner rape. I have Complex PTSD. I am doing my best to improve my life and find peace. I currently live and work in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. I am 38 years old. You might also know me as Sarah Blake, which was my stage name for about 15 years in adult entertainment(now retired). When my symptoms became worse in 2013 I had to stop working and focus on my healing. I started healing full time in August 2014. I started this blog on Jan 9, 2015.
I am the little one in the pic above. This was taken right around the time that my abuse started. I wanted to put this picture up pic because it reminds me that I was just a child and not responsible for what happened to me. There is a lot of shame and guilt that goes along with being a survivor and I am on a personal quest to let go of that feeling. What happened to me is not my fault. I did not cause the abuse to happen, abusers chose to hurt me, that’s on them. The second pic of me, now, an adult that is no longer helpless and taking charge of my life and healing.
My hope is that by sharing my experiences with you and my healing journey, there is a better understanding in the world about what happens to people like me and what I go through. Maybe there will be some eyes opened, some minds broadened, and encourage compassion and understanding for other survivors. I hope that the survivors that read my blog and watch my vlogs can feel a sense of them not being alone or the only one that feels the way they do, they are not crazy, and someone cares about them. I care.
Please know that I am not speaking for all survivors and can only answer questions based on my own feelings and experiences. Each survivor is unique as well as their experience and how they are doing. Everyone handles things in their own time and that’s ok. I welcome respectful questions and am happy to answer them.
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