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Stories from survivors. These collection of survivors stories are gripping and cut to the bone with their words. They are from people that have experienced trauma first hand and have luckily came out of the other end and lived to tell the tale. Tell the tale to hopefully make you aware. Read on, these are well written and some will have you in tears.

Driving into My Darkness

(CW) It took me six years to graduate college with a bachelor's degree in psychology that was so hard-won that I couldn't bear to deal with more...

The Puppeteer

CW The smell of a cheese and pickle sandwich, the small burn holes in his shirt from the cigarette ash - black around the edges, like the holes...

Victim-blaming abuse survivors is re-abusing them: How we can all be better

I wrote this essay in fall 2014 because I’m a survivor of domestic violence who was badly triggered by the Ray Rice abuse video. My essay has...

Yellow

I remember lemonade-- Country Time to be exact. At the curb we made a stand in summer, 1983. Twenty-five cents in a trickle-down economy. I did not...

I Fell in Love with a Murderer

I am healing. These deep wounds of mine keep coming to the surface. I have slept with a murderer. I was in a relationship with him for...

My Father’s Daughter: A Job Description

by Pamela Denchfield Because the child does not have the power to withhold consent, she does not have the power to grant it.--Judith Lewis HermanThe bridge out of...

How To Help Someone With PTSD

How to help someone with PTSD - By Haven Strange Post Traumatic Stress can affect your mind and body for years after an event. It is not limited...

Surviving Psycho-Pharmaceutical Trials

Essay and photos By Sheila L. Ferguson My new medications make me feel like I can’t cry anymore. Even in my dreams I’ve noticed I cannot access...

How I Survived the Sex Industry

I still have nightmares about being unable to find my second hot pink fishnet thigh-high in time to put it on before they called my stage name,...
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