Faces of Success: Derrick McKissack
Single dad and Nashville native Derrick McKissack had been seeing a counselor for many years but was not gaining enough progress out of his sessions. He finally realized that getting to the root of his sexual abuse is where his healing process needed to begin. His counselor suggested the Sexual Assault Center.
“I was one hundred percent ready to get some help.”
Derrick was married at age 23 and his abuse struggles made it hard on his marriage. Once his son was born, he knew he wanted to make a change.
“I didn’t feel like I was really living and I didn’t know who I was.”
Derrick remembers walking in to the Sexual Assault Center for the first time and seeing a sign above the door that read, “Healing Starts Here.” He immediately knew he was in the right place.
Derrick started his healing process with the help of his counselor Eric Fogle. Now, twelve years later, Derrick is happier and more alive than ever.
“If I die today, I will die a happy man knowing that I came here and got help. I have been able to find myself. If you put in the work, it will be worth it. The tools are out there waiting for you but you have to come to the Sexual Assault Center and use them.”
The Sexual Assault Center is a safe space for people of all ages to seek help and begin their healing journey. Talking about sexual assault can be difficult but the knowledgeable and understanding staff members help turn victims into powerful and confident survivors.
Derrick wants everyone to know that it is never too late to get help and live a happy life.
Alarmingly, statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach 18. The Sexual Assault Center works to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.
As a funded agency partner of United Way, the Sexual Assault Center is able to provide mental health counseling for victims of sexual abuse/assault and non-offending parents as well as safety programs for kindergarten through grade six.
When you give to United Way, you are helping people like Derrick McKissack on a pathway to success.