Daily Affirmations

Part of healing from the effects of sexual abuse is to change one’s own mind set. You must, and you can, reprogram your mind from negative to positive thinking. With time and practice you will be able to change your thoughts. To help in this process — and to simply help you have a better day — read the following statements DAILY to yourself.

10 Daily Affirmations for Male and Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC, Co-Chairperson,
Malesurvivor (

  1. Recovery is absolutely possible and achievable for me.
  2. I will practice being disloyal to dysfunction and loyal to functionality.
  3. I give myself permission to connect to loving, affirmative, strong, sensitive, accepting men and women in my community.
  4. I release and forgive myself for any responsibility I have accepted in the past for my abuse.
  5. The abuser(s) from the past chose to hurt me; I will stop repeating the lie that it just happened to me.
  6. Offering myself daily compassion is necessary for my healing and growth.
  7. I commit to connecting to the boy /girl inside me today so we can play, laugh and experience joy together, even if just for a minute or two.
  8. I believe deep inside me I possess the ability to face the truth of my abuse and to learn to use new tools for healing.
  9. I have the right and the ability to speak the truth of my abuse and deserve to be heard, understood, believed and supported.
  10. Feeling is healing; as I heal, I develop the ability to experience a wider range of emotions to enhance my health and connections to others.

If you prefer, you can listen to the audio version for the Daily Affirmations: