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SURVIVOR IMPACT STORIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I HOPE TO INSPIRE

My name is Beverly. I am a 48 year old married woman of 2. I was molested from the age of 5 to 10 by my older 1st cousin. It started out with him grinding on me, but later went to fondling. I never told anyone out of fear of being blamed. I grew up Continue Reading

GROWING UP PANICKED

I’ve been told my story is dark. I’ve been told, “I need time to adjust to you.” I’ve seen what life looks like when you have zero self-worth and would give anything to have the pain stop. I was 27 years old when I came out about being sexually abused by my father from around Continue Reading

I'M NOT WHAT THEY SAY I AM

So my story might not be a big one but it definitely hurt me. I remember only being in at least third or fourth grade and there was this bully who was a lot bigger than me. I was a short kid and I just said ¨hi, was it because of me saying hi at Continue Reading

NOTHING WILL STOP ME

I was sexually abused by my biological father between the ages of 10 and 14. I am currently 38. My father was also physically abusing my mother. In that time sexual abuse was not out in the world as it is today. Things were kept secret and help was not really well established. The pain Continue Reading

BE ENCOURAGED

I have no idea who my biological father is.  My mother was physically and mentally abused and one night she fled for her own safety when I was about 5 years old.  I’ve had four (yes four) stepmothers, Virginia, Sandy, Denise and Ruthellen, all before I was 12. I was raised by an alcoholic with Continue Reading

I'M A FOSTER KID

I’m a foster kid. I have seven siblings and only three of them are biological.  The foster system did the one thing they swore they’d never do, split me and my two closest siblings up.  The other sibling I have only had the opportunity to meet twice.  I still love him just as strong. I’ve Continue Reading

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A SHOCKING DISCOVERY

Saying it. It was as if someone had placed a 9 Volt battery against my tongue and left it there. The acidic stinging was not unbearable, yet it was uncomfortable nonetheless. Driving home from church that day, I found it hard to verbalize any thoughts. My wife asked me “Honey, what’s wrong?” All I could Continue Reading

MY CHILDHOOD MEMORY

When I was about 6 years old, my family and I traveled overseas for the summer to visit my father’s side of the family. I remember being so excited, I was finally going to meet my cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents. My grandma shook my hand and had the sweetest smile, all my Continue Reading

LEARNING TO FLY

I have decided to be brave and tell my story. It has set me free. Maybe it will set you free too. Rainbows and Picket Fences… I share a bedroom with my little sister. The room has colorful wallpaper with cheerful images of rainbows arched over cozy-looking houses with white picket fences. I am lying Continue Reading

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SURVIVOR ADVOCATE

I am a survivor of physical, mental, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse that I endured for years, which started around the age of 11 or 12 years old. In my early beginnings in life, I lived with my great grandmother who was a Godly woman, loving, kind (most of the time), but in no way Continue Reading

SEXUAL ABUSE ADVOCATE

I was sexually abused by my Stepfather from the age of 7-17 years old. Today at the age of 54 I can still remember a lot of this abuse. It doesn’t just go away but I have gone on with my life to be a sexual abuse prevention advocate. For the past 15 years I Continue Reading

SUCCESSFUL SURVIVOR

I feel that the story of my life could help so many others. I was a teen with no family, no husband, no high school education, and on public assistance after having a child at 16, one at 19, then one at 21.  I put myself through college and became a RN. I am now Continue Reading