3/30/2012 6:00:23 AM
Maud has written to me before. She was in an abusive marriage, but hoped her husband would change, though I told her he would not. Once she realized there was no such luck for that to happen, she found the courage to leave. Now she and her baby are happy, content and have found peace in their lives. A must read for anyone who is abused or if you know of someone being abused. Thoughts?
3/27/2012 10:00:04 PM
Susan, 60, was the product of a failed abortion. One of three babies, she was born with virtually no intestines and no bones in her ankle or heel. It took 22 surgeries before she could walk. She survived a very physically abusive husband, and being very over-weight and has lost all her teeth. Sometimes it gets to be too much and she can't cope and she asks if that's normal? She asks if her life will forever be dictated by her birth defects, or if her hardships can be overcome. What do you think?
2/25/2012 2:00:52 PM
Lucian suffered terrible, unspeakable abuses at the hands of many when he was merely a child starting at 9 years of age. As an adult, he is in New York City, helping others with mental illness. He has authored poems to help survivors of abuse, victims of rape, self-cutters and more. He wants to continue to help others, although for him it feels like he will never get over his past. He wonders if this is all there is to life? Do you have words of encouragement for him?
2/18/2012 6:00:44 AM
Catherine was adopted when she was six months old by a couple who had their birth son six months earlier. Neglected by her mother but loved by her father, the family constantly moved because of her father's job. She suffered delusions, psychosis and nervous breakdowns. She found a convent in London where she learned English. After numerous psychotic episodes, she received her English Literature degree, had a son, and is now happy and secure in life. She tells everyone: Never give up! Do you agree?
2/4/2012 10:00:59 PM
Alice lived 36 years of verbal abuse, and is now trying to get others to listen to her story. Verbal abuse is not mere words that just disappear once spoken. It can shred a person's self esteem, bringing feelings of worthlessness and depression. Are you one of the statistics -- on in three -- who have been repeatedly verbally abused by a loved one? How do you handle this?
1/20/2012 10:00:36 PM
Cindy is living the good life as a kindergarten teacher. Growing up, she experienced many setbacks, such as DID, depression, the loss of both her father and brother and even faulted for seducing a youth minister, even though she was underage. Through psychotherapy and antidepressants and a very good psychiatrist, she is happily married and finally enjoying her life. Have you ever overcome an obstacle that seemed insurmountable?
1/12/2012 6:00:38 AM
Barbara's mom had her own problems when she was born. Raised by a mom who was cruel and insulting, she tried to be the best she could be to win over her mom's love, but never got there. Then she became a mom herself. Wanting to be the best mom possible, yet having her mom tell them lies, her children pulled away, breaking her heart. Now as adults, her daughter is talking to her and getting closer. And, she'll never give up hope that her son will one day follow suit. Do you have words for this hopeful mom?
12/26/2011 2:00:56 PM
Meriam is a mother of three who had major back surgery because of physical abuse by her ex. Now, a year later, she's free from her abuser, and is working towards a better life. Do you have words of encouragement for her?
12/22/2011 10:00:58 PM
Shand'e survived terrible abuse at the hands of her police Lt. husband until the day she decided to not take it any more. She filed a complaint with the DA, but sadly discovered only 3 to 4 percent of domestic violence cases are ever prosecuted. Seeing the injustice, she decided she will never be silent again about domestic violence. Do you think all abusive partners should face criminal charges?
8/14/2011 2:00:37 PM
For much of my life I did not remember what my sister did. Over 19 million children are abused by a sibling. Children cause over 10 percent of the murders in their families.
6/14/2011 12:00:00 PM
My husband, whom I loved dearly since I was 19 years old, tried to kill me. Broadcasted all over the radio and television, the news reported it as an attempted murder/suicide. What happened is truly a miracle.
5/20/2011 8:00:04 PM
This organization is dedicated to the memory of my brother, Ryan, who was abducted and murdered in Libby, Montana by a repeat sex offender in 1987.
5/14/2011 8:00:00 PM
It took me years to understand what happened.
4/14/2011 11:00:48 AM
I'm a survivor of Domestic violence and wrote this poem about my survival and my new life now.
3/23/2011 9:00:39 PM
I grew up in a home that, on the surface, would have been considered normal.The truth is I grew up with an absentee father and a domineering, perfectionist mother.