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Return to Innocence

We all hear voices in our heads. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out. We hear the doubting voice, the overly critical voice, the voice that tells us to give into fear, the voice that says you are justified in your anger and victimhood. Then there comes in the softer voice Continue Reading

It’s Worth the Wait

As this new year begins, I’d like  to give some positivity, as well as some hope and encouragement to all the families who are thinking of adopting or have started the process and may feel like they’re sitting in limbo. It’s worth it, and worth the wait. When I first started the adoption process I Continue Reading

SILENCED – A Poem

He came into my life He laughs knowing he’s all controlling Fear fell upon my face And mom mom is without knowing His hugs are deceiving His smile is evil Even his laugh is misleading He came in at night To steal my heart of any light His grip always tight His words caused much Continue Reading

SWIRLING

We live in Michigan now. We moved here in June. Right after school let out for the summer. We sold our farm. And basically everything. Even the chickens. We are renting a house. Right in town. In our new town. It’s big and ugly and shaped like a barn. The kitchen has dreadful, green countertops Continue Reading

STEALING

We are sitting around the supper table. In Northern Minnesota, the evening meal is called supper. And not dinner. We say it’s dinner time when we are eating lunch. I don’t know why. And, I guess this information is unimportant. We are eating boiled macaroni noodles with hamburger and mushy, stewed tomatoes. It’s all mixed Continue Reading

LIFE WITH MY ABUSIVE FATHER

My father thought that it was necessary for children to fear their parents in order to behave. He thought that kids were born bad. He was physically abused as a child by his own father, and then fought in Vietnam, so my father told himself that as long as he didn’t beat us with his Continue Reading

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THE BULLYING EFFECT

While growing up, I was always small for my age, I had buck teeth and an afro of thick curly hair, all plenty of ammunition for the bullies I attended school with. Throughout my elementary school years, I was picked on mercilessly by the “dominant forces” around me. After finishing college, I knew that I Continue Reading

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF ABUSE

I was an artistic, emotional, curious, energetic 7 year old child. This is the age my abuse began. I did not know at the time what was happening to me. This man was a friend of my parents and also my baseball coach. I was sent to spend the night with this man for what Continue Reading

EFFECTS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Growing up with epilepsy. I wasn’t teased face to face. But they didn’t know that the first thing that came back, even while the seizure was still in process was my hearing. I could hear what other kids were saying about me. Many of them were not really who I though they were. The ‘true Continue Reading

SURVIVOR AND AUTHOR

My story begins at the age of eleven in sixth grade. I had a classmate that was a bully and had it out for me. He processed to try and knock my head against a brick wall and hurt me. Fortunately a person passing by saw what was happening and stopped him.  The next year Continue Reading

OUR FOSTER DAD SAVED US

I really don’t know where to begin, but I’m Jasmine Bolden, I was a foster child since I was seven years old. Until this day I still can remember the very first day my sister, brother and I were taken into the system. I felt scared, I didn’t even know what was going on. I Continue Reading

I AM A SURVIVOR

How Understanding the ACE Study Impacted a Human Trafficking Survivor I learned: • Trauma escapes language and causes memory loss • Toxic stress stems from relational poverty • History repeats itself if you don’t understand it • Abuse is passed on generationally • How ACEs affected me and my family As a victim of Human Continue Reading

HEALING AND RECOVERY

I spent years living in a dark place with a negative outlook on life in general; I hated myself, and I did not feel worthy or like I mattered to anyone because of how I was treated by most people. It was as if my eyes were not only open to the bad but also Continue Reading

HEALING FROM CHILD ABUSE

My name is E.L. Henderson and I’m a 43 year old woman who suffered complex child abuse for 15 years. The middle of 3 children, we were middle class private school types, but our mother was angry, hostile and very strict. My father was barely in and she took it out on us. They divorced, Continue Reading

STANDING UP TO CYBERBULLYING

When you hear of cyberbullying victims, you expect to discover stories about teens or tweens. I was 44 when my ordeal began. The cyberstalking and harassment continued nonstop for more than a year before the offender was arrested and almost another two years until she pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and was sentenced. ‘This wasn’t Continue Reading

DEAR FUTURE SELF

Dear Future Self, I am writing you this letter to inform you about the person that I am today and everything that I value. Throughout my life, I have been through personal struggles, depression, false hope, and much more, but it is those experiences that made me who I am today and the things that Continue Reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR

My abusive childhood set a pattern for me to marry an abusive husband.  I lived in denial for many years because it was hard for me to accept that I had repeated the pattern set from my childhood, and because we were educated since I was earning my doctorate at the University of Southern California Continue Reading

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BRINGING AWARENESS

I am passionate about this organization as I think it brings awareness to the world about child abuse. We often don’t know or think about what goes on behind closed doors.  

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PROUD TO SUPPORT

American SPCC is one of my favorite charities. It is supporting and bringing awareness to a cause that needs more voices. I am proud to support them and will continue to do so for many years to come.

IT MUST STOP!

My beautiful daughter Claire has been cyber bullied for over a year. I, as her mother, took action after the first occurrence and removed her from public school and put her in private school 45 minutes from home. Yes it has been a struggle but whatever it takes. The bully posted on Musically the first Continue Reading

MENTAL HEALTH IS JUST AS IMPORTANT

As a baby, my first born could only sleep on my chest or her fathers or she would cry hysterically. I didn’t know it at the time, but by age three she had night terrors.  Elementary school time was spent seeing bloody corpses in various corners of her room and closet. Letters moved around on Continue Reading

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THE VOICE OF OUR CHILDREN

American SPCC is the voice of our children. What a powerful organization standing up for kids right’s across the US. I will continue to support this nonprofit in all the work they do to protect and care for children. 5 stars!American SPCC is the voice of our children. What a powerful organization standing up for Continue Reading

IT WILL GET BETTER

   I tried to kill myself. Multiple times. 6 years ago I tried to kill myself. More than once. For some reason I survived. I didn’t understand why it didn’t work and why I was still alive and had to suffer on this earth with everything I was going through. 6 years ago I would Continue Reading

DON'T BE ASHAMED TO ASK FOR HELP

On July 1, 1998, I thought I was going to die. I thought my ex-husband was going to kill me in front of my two oldest sons. My ex-husband beat me pretty bad. I endured domestic violence before I married him. All the warning signs were there, but I still thought he loved me. Thankfully Continue Reading

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