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Social services removed me from our home.

Kayla

My brothers and I were separated. When we came back together in our parents home it wasn’t any better. There was still a lot of abuse going on, so I moved back out the spring semester my senior year.

Dad disowned me for going to church.

Stan

As I came out I heard her singing “Jesus loves me.” The faster she rocked, the louder she sang. My parents heard her and we were kicked out of the house.

After three generations of sexual abuse, found acceptance from a Christian community.

Scott L

I was addicted to pornography, I was addicted to masturbation. I was addicted to sex. I was also a heterosexual male

Mom was very angry, very malicious.

Oscar

“You’re going to end up like your father, a bum on the street, a loser, an alcoholic.” As a kid, growing up hearing those things hurt me. I thought, “Man, after everything I do for you, this is how you love me.”

Forgave Mom, even after sexual abuse.

Mary F

When a child grows up thinking abuse is what love from a parent looks like, you don’t know it’s so horrifically wrong until someone else tells you.

Being the intellectual disguised my hurt.

Nikki

My name is Dr. Nikki Velasco. I am an Assistant Professor of Research Methods and Statistics. I was raised by a single mom, not from the United States, who has been married many times and has some sad patterns when it comes t...

I have experienced healing from many episodes of sexual abuse.

Chris D

While we were there we would have to say that the main house where my grandfather was and that is where the actual abuse occurred between me and my grandfather. My grandfather was very perverted. He did things and said things...

When the preacher said Jesus Christ, I thought he was cussing.

Tom Coverly

I thought, “No, church sounds really boring.” I was a teenager at the time. I asked what most teenage [boys would] ask, “Are there going to be girls there.” The answer was, “Yes.” I said, “I’m going to church!” So I went to c...

Convinced I was worthless.

Beth

I thought that I had nothing to live for. I thought that I was the most worthless mother on the face of the earth. I was no good as a wife. As a mother. As a daughter. As a friend

Prostituted myself for drugs.

Carrie

Carrie prostituted herself for drugs. As a registered nurse, educated and articulate, she never expected to go so low.