Cries of Shattered Adolescence

[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of rape and sexual abuse] By K. When I was twelve I met him. He was tall, dark and handsome; a senior at my first high school dance. We danced, we shared my first kiss and he quickly took my number. After begging my mom to let us hang out, she finally […]

Through Our Eyes: Growing Past Abuse

[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

[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 […]

Stuck: Waiting For The Light

[ 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. […]

Marriage in Wonderland

[ TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Emotional Abuse ] By A. “Don’t buy the ice cream,” he said. “But they’ll ask for ice cream,” I answered, glancing at the grocery list. He shot me a chilly stare, and I knew better than to buy the ice cream. After church the next day, our guests gathered […]