Faces of Success: Eric Paull
“I’m a survivor because of the Sexual Assault Center,” says Eric Paull.
From the outside, it may have looked like Paull had a perfectly normal childhood. Growing up in Ohio, his father was a minister and well-known figure in the community. What everyone couldn’t see was Paull was sexually abused by his father and two others starting at the age of five. As a teenager, Eric decided to break the silence and take his life back. Although his father was ultimately convicted and imprisoned, the hurt Eric had experienced would take years of hard work and healing.
“I knew I had to get some problems solved and some help.”
While in college at Louisiana State University, he began to seek help from school counselors. Upon moving to Nashville with his wife, Paull continued to seek counseling through his late twenties and into his early thirties. He found the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville and was assigned to a counselor, Eric Fogle.
“It has made such a huge impact that it is tough to put it in words. Abuse affects every aspect of your life. We began to untangle the web and put the pieces back together.”
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.
Paull says the Sexual Assault Center has had a tremendous effect on his personal development, professional development and most importantly his family life.
“I am reaping the benefits of the tools I was given here. I am so much stronger and more self-confident.”
Paull wants everyone to know that they are not alone and there is help out there. Paull is now a father of two young children who strives to raise his kids in an open, loving, and compassionate household.
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 Eric Paull on a pathway to success.