Claire's Story

I’ll tell you right from the start that this is a story that has a good ending. Well, a good enough ending. “Super mom,” I’m not. But my child is eight now, and, by my standards; I’d have to say that he’s having a normal childhood. And he seems to think...

Jennie's Story

"THE FOUND TREASURE, MY VOICE" I grew up in an alcoholic home, the second of four children (three girls and one boy). We were all one year apart in age. My father was violent and abusive, my mother extremely needy and passive. As a little girl...

Kathy's poem

A Rhyme This survivor took an axe and gave her father forty whacks. As he lay there on the floor She gave the b%^$#@ forty more. Even now, she wasn’t done she cut his hands off one by one Now the b%^&$# won’t be able to fondle me under the table or...

Stacey's Story

I think it was Virginia Wolfe who said, “If one woman told the truth about her life, the world would explode.” I don’t know if my writing will articulate what it is that I would like to communicate, but I will try, as I tend to ‘disassociate’ whenever...

Heather's Story

From the beginning it was cast – The clan, the given name, the heart's claim: motherhood Changing Woman, who changes four times a year. Winter-summer-fall-spring, The four directions The four cardinal points The four births from the underworld The...

Catherine's Story

I grew up in what I considered to be a pretty normal family. I had a mom, a dad, and a sister who was three years older than I was. We lived in a very nice middle-class neighborhood, and my mother stayed home until I started junior high. My sister was...

Tami's Story

To outsiders and friends, I am sure our family looked like a perfectly normal, happy family. But, on the inside, it was hell. My parents were high school sweethearts, and my mother was pregnant with me when they married in 1965. I was born in August of...

Cassandra's Story

My healing story begins when I was in the third grade. My older brother (who is my half-brother) began to abuse me for his own curiosity’s sake. I was so young and didn’t really think anything of it. For some reason, I don’t think I ever realized that...

Ruth's Story

The unfolding of my story began when my first daughter was seven years old. My sister-in-law came to me very troubled one day because my husband, her brother, had come to her to confide that he was sexually molesting our daughter. He knew what he was...

Margaret's Story

I will soon be 59 years old. As I reflect on my life, I have come to realize the effects of the abuse by my uncle. I was in my early teen years when I had the encounters with my mother’s brother. Though I was not raped, the incidents involved fondling...

Susan's Story

I am going to be 44 years old this June. I am a single mom raising 7 of my own children, who all live with me. The oldest is 20 years, a son, and the youngest is 5years, a girl. I have had a very complicated and sad life, yet in my belief in Jesus Christ...

Katrina's Story

There was something wrong with me, I was sure. Simple things, like going alone into a new place, terrified me. I was afraid of men. I had an overactive caution meter that made certain situations unbearable, everything within me screaming, "GET OUT...

Deborah's Story

I was born in the early 1950’s into a conservative, Christian home. I was well cared for and felt secure. I don’t believe my mother knew how to bond very well with her children, and didn’t know how to relate very personally with her friends either. I...

Laura's Story

I was raised in a family of ten children, eight girls in the middle and brothers on each end. Many people have romantic notions about what it would be like to grow up in a large family, but our household was full of chaos. My mother suffered from depression...

Kate's Story

“One or two things I know for sure; and one of them is what it means to have no loved version of your life but the one you make.” Dorothy Allison The day I read the above quote was the day I decided that being a victim no longer had to be my primary identity...
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