The Truth

I used to walk the streets at ease,Going where I wanted as I pleased.My plans were endless, without distress,I walked around just like the rest.I went to the movies with my friends,Never expecting my peace to end.You stole my security and my innocence,All because of your impotence.Never again will I be the same,Yet, for so many reasons, I am blamed.What did I…

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A Survivor Story: Ellen

TRIGGER WARNING: The contents of this story are graphic in nature. They may be hard to read or may be triggering to sexual assault survivors. Please have support readily available. Ellen is 27 and is attending graduate school for Clinical Mental Health to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a passion for trauma work as well as helping people who are…

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A Survivor Story: Amy R.

Amy is a mother of 4, daughter of a pastor, college educated and is pursuing an advanced degree. She is sharing her story to let others know they are not alone and that they are not wrong. “The first thing I would say and that I want to be really clear on is that I am a very pro-sex person. I am…

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A Survivor Story: Kaydie

Kaydie is the fur momma to Stella, Milo and Bella. She is sharing her story so others don’t feel so alone and to educate people on the importance of counseling. My Adoptive Dad “The first time I experienced what abuse looked like was the day that my adoptive dad lost his mind. He put his hands on my mom. I was only…

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My Abuser’s Name is Travis G. Chartrand

If you go back and read my previous posts you will notice I have never provided my ex-husband's name. At first I chose to do this for a number of reasons. I was just starting my blog and putting my story out there. I felt and still feel at times, exposed and uncomfortable. Telling your story isn't an easy thing to do,…

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A Survivor Story: Marianne Harris

Marianne Harris is a mother to 5 children, her sons Josh and Jacob, Johnny and Hurricane (Hurc) whom she had with her abuser, Dennis, and her daughter Jana. Her main goal in sharing her story is to let others know they are not alone. Dennis had a habit of becoming violent with Marianne while she was pregnant – when she had a…

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Roofied

"To this day I am not sure why the guy in the cowboy hat targeted me. I am not sure what lesson he wanted to teach me or why he felt he needed to teach me anything at all. " It was a moment that forever changed my life. I woke up in a bed and for some reason, I immediately began checking…

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Early Morning Epiphanies

"I can be empathetic of his trauma while holding him accountable for the decisions he made. After all, he could have made different ones." The empathy I have for others is a blessing and a curse, or so I used to think. My empathy has always been what I have considered to be one of my greatest qualities. It allows me to…

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It Was Just Supposed to be Coffee

"When we got back to Wal-Mart, I just wanted him to get the fuck out of my car. He sat in the passenger seat and asked me not to tell anyone. He finally got out. I wanted to teleport to another continent, but all I could do was back out of my parking spot and start driving." I worked at Wal-Mart as…

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Forgive Yourself for What You Needed to do to Survive

"I yelled. I screamed. I said awful things. I broke things. I slapped him across the face on two different occasions. I pushed him. I slammed doors. I teetered on the edge of despair and outrage every single day." I have thought long and hard about this particular post. It requires a level of vulnerability and honesty that is downright uncomfortable. In…

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