Jenny Lynn Anderson went through a horrifying experience as a young woman. An experience that took her to unimaginable dark places that she almost could not recover from. In her book, Room 939, Jenny Lynn tells the story of how she overcame a horrific experience with a stranger and how her faith, friends and family helped bring her back to the old Jenny Lynn. It is a story of how putting your faith in God can help heal you.
This article has taken me probably a year to write and for that I apologize. I would think about what she went through and how hard it must have been for her and the words would leave me. Jenny Lynn’s story needed to be told and I am so glad she mustered the strength to do it. I am also glad that she found her way into my life and that I have a chance to write about her journey. I am honored to write about this incredibly strong woman who is a bold fighter and SURVIVOR.
Jenny Lynn is from a small Georgia town and grew up in a loving family. She tells stories of how much fun she and her sister had together and some of the struggles she had with her busy parents schedules growing up. But through it all, they are a very close family that is always there for each other. Jenny Lynn’s sister played a vital role in her finally seeking help and talking to a counselor about what happened.
Jenny Lynn was assaulted in Room 939 in an Atlanta hotel on November 28, 1990. The man ran away and was never found. The mark he left on her was etched to her core. She shut everyone out and almost lost her marriage as she became bitter and haunted by that night. She is a good person, how could this have happened to her? She was so stricken by grief that she lost sight of herself. Once she found her faith in God again and through the help of a psychologist, Jenny Lynn was able to make her way back to herself and family/friends. “I know now my decision to forgive was the fuel that stoked the fire of the terror that ruled my life for so long. I had to forgive so that Jenny Lynn, the genuine Jenny Lynn could come home again.” (Page 130) When she said “You are forgiven” she “released the heavy burden to God and felt those chains of bondage falling, taking with them that 15 minute nightmare and 20 year crucifixion.” (Page 130)
I highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to women who may have gone through a hard experience to help them find themselves again. Shutting people out may be the way some cope with hurt and grief but in the long run everyone loses. Those that love you, dont know you anymore and you lose touch of yourself as well. I also love this book for readers that might question God, to see how putting your hopes, fears and dreams in him can help restore you.
“The truth is He promised,”never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) pg 134.
Learn more about Jenny Lynn Anderson on her website: JennyLynnAnderson.com
As a sexual assault survivor, she offers a strong and passionate voice on the subject of sexual violence. She speaks nationally to audiences of all sizes who need sexual assault prevention education and sensitivity training. Jenny Lynn’s unique and personal perspective on victimization is invaluable to campuses seeking to reduce sexual violence.
Training available to the following university groups:
- Campus Law Enforcement
- Disciplinary Committees
- Greek Life Affiliates
Training will assist universities to comply with:
- The Clery Act
- SaVE Act
- Title IX
All opinions are my own. Book provided by Jenny Lynn Anderson.