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Return to Innocence

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...

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SILENCED –  A Poem

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...

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SWIRLING

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...

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STEALING

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...

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THE BULLYING EFFECT

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....

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EFFECTS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE

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...

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I AM A SURVIVOR

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...

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