April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and one two-time survivor wants all women to know that no matter what they’ve been through, they have a purpose in this life.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Akili Worthy has been a life coach since 2005, but going through her own coaching and overcoming the pain she experienced opened her eyes to a group of women who she had a unique gift to help.

“It was a real ah-ha moment for me, just sitting there and thinking about the abuse,” Worthy said. “For so long I had pushed it away, but now my coach made me think about it. It really changed the way I think about everything…

“At first my coaching program was going to be designed just to focus on purpose, but I started looking back to the things I’m certified in and I realized that’s not just it. These women need to know other things. I added a component for image, because it’s important for them to know how beautiful they are. I added a component for building healthy relationships, because they need to know that they can trust people and they need to understand that they can have a healthy relationship, and they deserve a healthy relationship. I also added a piece in financial education, because they need to be able to become independent.”

To launch her own life coaching business Worthy decided to do something to target her main audience — women who have been abused. That’s why for the month of April she’s going on tour to different women’s ministries and nonprofits and doing an activity with women to help them learn their unique purpose — something Worthy said is especially important for women who have been the victim of sexual abuse.

The presentation begins with a 15-minute activity that leads to what Worthy calls a Purpose Party. The party can last for 90 minutes to two hours, depending on the group of women.

“I take people through an activity and it helps them get a lot of clarity for what they want to do,” Worthy said. “I called it a party because women are just amazing when they get going, and can be extremely supportive. We like to share and talk. It changes people’s lives right then, and that has been an amazing thing for me. That’s really what I want to do. I want women to change their ideas about themselves, and I want them to see themselves the way God sees them.”

While Worthy does mention God, she says the activity is not really religious. She speaks of God only briefly as a way to explain divine purpose.

“The word ‘desire’ means ‘of the father,’” Worthy said. “We have to understand that everybody has been given a purpose. I don’t know how else to explain the fact that you have been given those gifts except that God gave them to you to improve the world. You are here to improve the world and I just don’t think you can do that on your own.”

Worthy is doing the tour in honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month so she says she does plan to talk about sexual abuse and overcoming that pain, but the presentation can be altered for any group. The presentation is meant to help people find their purpose.

Any church is invited to participate. There is no cost to have Worthy speak to a group. For more information, call (480) 319-1205. For more information on Worthy and her business, visit illuminateher.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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