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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.

Assaulted four with a knife, but a prison friend modeled a better way.

Matt

Really, I wanted to die. I was doing all the things that were killing me anyway. I had so much pain, hurt, and hatred I didn’t know how to process any of it.

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

After addiction to crack, my family was restored.

Thomas

He said, "We can make a hundred thousand a year." I said, “Well, Let’s go!” The first year we made some good money; about sixty or seventy-thousand dollars. In two years of working with him I didn't know that he was using pow...

Confused kid. Part of me enjoyed the sexual abuse.

Josh S

I remember of walking on a bridge in New York City, hearing an evil presence. As I looked over the edge of the bridge I heard a voice say, “Jump. It’ll be all over.”

Mother of five. Meth cook.

Kimberly

All of my life my family has been drug addicts, prostitutes, and different things. I didn't grow up in a very good household.

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.

Screamed at my abusive stepfather's grave.

Lori

From the very beginning my real dad told me he loved me, but left. He may have loved me, but I don’t know. Then a step dad came in, and said he loved me and my mom, but would also tell me to not tell. It started with fondling...

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...

He loved me through the sexual abuse—then suddenly died.

Kim

One day he brought a friend with him to also have sex with me. I then realized he didn’t love me. He just thought he could use me and get sex from me.