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Sexual assault took something from me that I can never get back

*This post contains references to sexual assault that could be triggering for some readers.* I can only imagine the type of person I would be if I hadn’t experienced sexual assault. What would I be doing at this point in my life? Would I be able to trust others and...

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A Fictional Character Helped Me Escape Domestic Violence In Real Life

Warning: Elements of this story may be triggering. How I Survived Domestic Chaos Ask any author and they will tell you that their characters are like family. We talk about them as if they are our children, as if they are actually walking around in our reality. In fact, characters...

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Everyone Should Read this Survivor’s Advice for Helping a Friend who has been Sexually Assaulted

For as long as I can remember, I have been a keeper of stories. Often, in a waiting room, a dentist’s chair, on a plane, or in a classroom, a stranger will open up to me and share personal stories, some of which are about deeply painful traumatic experiences.  It’s...

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This Mom Was Shot By Her Husband – And Survived

Kate Ranta’s husband tried to murder her in front of their son. Now he’s in jail, and she’s speaking out. Kate Ranta met Thomas Maffei online. She was a busy single mom with a three-year-old son, and many of her friends encouraged her to try Match.com. At the very least,...

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What one victim wants you know about America’s last taboo.

“Men don’t talk about sexual abuse,” says Dave Moody. He definitely didn’t. He’s an all-American, fifty-something guy. He played football at Morehouse College. He’s a prominent Atlanta contractor. He’s married with two kids. And he had a secret: A male babysitter abused him when he was 10 years old. “There’s...

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