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[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of emotional abuse + stalking] By L. I knew something was wrong, during my short marriage to J., but couldn’t put my finger on it. One night, we watched a news story about a police chief who stalked, shot and killed his ex-wife in front of their children before turning the gun on […]

A New Heart, Beyond Stereotypical Womanhood

We first met, one January morning, during her office hours. Dr. Catherine Kroeger’s eyes sparkled when our discussion turned to women in the Bible. She spoke of them fondly as if they were close friends—Miriam, Deborah, Abigail and a host of others from the Old and New Testaments. She spoke warmly to me although she […]

How Secrets Made Me Sick

[TRIGGER WARNING: Implicit descriptions of rape and sexual abuse] By J. Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the […]

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 […]