abuse

Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect"

Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect"

Incest in a middle class family in the late 1960’s and 1970’s was the juxtaposition of “not in our family” and “yes, but no one talks about it”.  Silence.  So, I never said a word and compartmentalized the best way our ego selves protect us:  we just don’t remember. 

Read Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect" HERE.

Kimberly's Story "Torn"

Kimberly's Story "Torn"

My childhood was not healthy. I was molested from a very young age by a close relative who wasn't much older than me. I endured this for many, many years. I never spoke of it to anyone. It left me numb. I felt unloved, disgusting, embarrassed, and ashamed. I was worried I would never be believed if I spoke of this "unheard" of abuse. I felt alone. I didn't want anyone to know my dirty "secret".

Read Kimberly's full story HERE.

JOEL'S STORY "MIRACLE EXISTENCE"

JOEL'S STORY "MIRACLE EXISTENCE"

"When Joel was born, he weighed 1 pound and 6 ounces because his birth mother had tried to abort him using drugs and a coat hanger. Immediately after Joel entered the world, he had to have open-heart surgery on a ruptured valve in his heart."

READ MORE ABOUT JOEL'S ABUSIVE START TO LIFE HERE.

Jennifer's Story "Break The Cycle"

Jennifer's Story "Break The Cycle"

"People often ask why a woman doesn't just leave when she's being abused. Some people even say, "I wouldn't let him do that to me." And that's what I said, too, at first. I fought back. I tried to stand up for myself."

Read the full story HERE.

David's Story "Hope Dealer"

David's Story "Hope Dealer"

"I was abused emotionally, sexually and physically as a child. That abuse led to a struggle with mental health issues and anger, which led me to finding escape in drugs and violence." 

Read David's full story HERE.

Amber's story "New Wings"

Amber's story "New Wings"

"My childhood was filled with domestic abuse, an alcoholic, drug abusing father, an absent, mentally ill mother and an older sister who rejected me.  At the age of 14 I was raped by three men, while my mother slept a room away."


Read Amber's complete story HERE.
 

HEIDI'S STORY "ADDICTION" AND "AMAZING GRACE"

HEIDI'S STORY "ADDICTION" AND "AMAZING GRACE"

"But, even after I became clean, the painful emotional, verbal, and mental abuse that continued in my marriage was too much to bare."

READ ALL OF HEIDI'S STORY HERE.

Mahailya's Story "Addiction"

Mahailya's Story "Addiction"

"Only one week after we gave our baby up for adoption, my husband went to prison for the first time. His charges were domestic assault against me - he beat me five times."

Read Mahailya's full story HERE.