Through Our Eyes: Growing Past Abuse

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse] By Kaley (18) & Amber (22) Kaley: It should have been a fun day. We were on our way to buy a dog. Dad had been in a good mood. My teenage brother Chase drove as my sister and I enjoyed the ride. Dad’s attitude changed suddenly […]

I Did Not Have the Courage Until Now

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse] By K. It started after school. Rather than bouncing to me, my daughter dragged her feet and begged for food. She gobbled the remainder of a sandwich, from that day’s lunch, and raced toward the park with a bag of crackers. She pleaded for chocolates from my purse […]

Your Story Matters

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By Mary DeMuth | Twitter @MaryDeMuth I recently spoke at a small sorority of older women about my journey toward publication. It’s a long story, full of bumps and bruises that began in my broken childhood and ended with the “nirvana” of published author. One of the stories I shared: enduring rape at the hands […]

Stuck: Waiting For The Light

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[ TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse ] By M. A car passing through the intersection brought me back to the present. How long had I been waiting for the red arrow to turn green? The glowing numbers on the dashboard clock read 12:53a.m. He should be asleep by now. It’s probably safe to go home. […]

Stop The Silence, Start The Healing Initiative

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Conversations tend to stop when this matter arises. People often fidget, or they change the subject. It’s really no wonder because we aren’t supposed to talk about it. None of us want to believe it happens because it’s not supposed to happen to Christians. It’s unthinkable—that Christians commit acts of abuse and violence. And, when our communities remain silent, […]