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Kids in school mocked my club foot.

Rikhard

Bam! They hit me in the face with this metal baseball bat. They asked me again; “Give us your money! Give us your money!”

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.

Devastated by my little league coach.

Ned

Sal got to me and he looked dead at me and said; “That kid’s a cry baby. He quit last year, I don’t want him.”

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.”

Hope and meaning after enabling an abusive husband for 20 years.

Darlene

"No matter what situation you’re in, there is hope and God is able."

Followed my comedian dad toward death by drugs.

Dominick

The times I would overdose, and go to the emergency room the doctors would say, “Do you have a death wish?”

Verbally Abused.

Joanna

I haven’t dated that much, but with my first boyfriend, I just didn’t really hold that much of standards for myself. So I allowed myself to be verbally abused. I allowed him to talk down to me.

Mocked, illiterate, then taught myself to read and write.

Johnny

"God started showing me that it didn’t matter if I couldn’t talk plain. It didn’t matter if I couldn’t read and write good, that He was going to use that."