Sasha is an authentic picture of a human being striving for wholeness. In contrast to the years during which his trauma colored every lived experience, he is now so much more than Sasha the survivor. He is Sasha the backcountry enthusiast, Sasha the hockey player, the carpenter, the chef, the friend, the fiance. What he survived is an integral part of his journey, but it is not the entirety of his identity. Sasha continues to grow, both outward and inward, with the knowledge that his life didn’t end with abuse—but his fresh start began when he released his own guilt and learned to love himself.
“Healing is not a destination—it’s a journey.”
Sasha says he can’t claim to understand the journey of every survivor, or even all the intricacies in the cultural fight against child sexual abuse. “I’m not a therapist, and I don’t have all the answers.” But by sharing his story with openness, honesty, and courage, Sasha is working to empower survivors to look inward and find their strength. He hopes to educate our society on how to tackle the epidemic of child sexual abuse, and together, find a path forward toward healing.