Signs

Amari’s story as told by Erin Loehr and Alyssa Reisinger   I started dating this guy in my junior year of high school when he was a year above me. I went to a boarding school for my last two years, and that’s where we met. There were obviously some warning signs in the beginning […]

What Love is Not

Kiara’s story as told by Katrina Brown and Megan Caldwell   It all started a few years ago. It was my junior year of high school, and I was 16 years old. Everyone thought I was so cool to talk to him. He was one of the most popular guys in school: athletic, played football, […]

Take Me Seriously

Sarah’s story as told by Kimmi Beard and Natalie Kuss   When you think of abuse, you think of a couple and they have kids, and you think that he is physically abusive all the time, repeatedly, and the kids see it and there’s, like, a split and he like harasses her, you know. It […]

Even My Best Friend

Shayna’s story as told by Kimmi Beard   It took me years to realize that I had been sexually assaulted. It blew my mind to actually put a name to it. That’s why I wanted to share my story, because no one ever told me growing up that even if you “like it”, if you […]

The “Love” of a Leach

Pam’s story as told by Robert Hunt and Ammity Means   When I was in high school, maybe like a sophomore or so, this boy, Jerry, really caught my attention. He always looked tired. He was 6’4” and back then he wasn’t huge; he was just really tall and thin. Jerry would come to school […]

Through the Eyes of the Past

Emma’s story as told by Madison Savage   There are days when I look in the mirror and begin to see the reflections of who I once was. I feel myself shrinking. Losing friends, losing control, losing my mind. I go back to a time when I felt so alone, and I start to grow […]

You’re Not Alone

Annie’s story as told by Carli Scalf                                   I’m not an open book about my story. But, when the time’s appropriate, I’ll share. If I had known other people’s stories, it would have made me feel less alone during a time of extreme emotional turmoil. I want you to know: You’re not alone. I was […]

Scars

Ellie’s story as told by Keli MacDonald & Kaytlyn Bell   Things changed when I snuck into his mom’s private office. My boyfriend had always told me to steer clear of it. I never knew why and I didn’t ask—his mom worked as a prosecutor, so I just assumed she had private files in there. […]

Concerns of a Friend

Ashley’s story as told by Erin Lichtenfeld   My best friend, who I’ll call Beth, is one of the most sincere and intellectual people that I know, but she always battled internally. When we met in middle school, she contemplated taking her life. As we started high school I started to notice more changes in […]

Dating Violence Meets Horrific End

Becky’s story as told by Molly Flodder   I first saw something about it on Facebook from a friend of my cousin. My mom and I were scared. Mom called my cousin. I heard her screaming into the phone, “Stop. Don’t tell me any more!” It was on TV. It was true. There had been […]