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 […]

She’s Not the Person She Once Was

Lisa’s story as told by Pam Fancher   She won’t talk about any of this or get any counseling for the rape. She feels like she survived and it’s over. I think she has been raped by at least two other men, but she doesn’t think of it as rape. It’s like something inside of […]

Suffering in Silence

Alicia’s Story as told by Brianna Thompson   I’m what you might call a second-hand victim of domestic violence. No, I haven’t personally experienced physical or emotional abuse, but one of my friends has. And her injuries and ongoing problems continue to affect my life because I care about what happens to her and her […]

“If you love me…”

Maria’s Story as told by Ty Batey and Lillian Marsh   I didn’t know your boyfriend could rape you. I was 15 when we started dating. Travis was 17. The relationship moved pretty fast, and everything was fine at first. Within the first three months, he told me he loved me. He was always a […]

Slither

Christy’s story as told by Mandy Underwood   I heard from someone that you beat the crap out of your mom. She had to call the police to get you off of her. You’re crazy. You’re so crazy. I think back to how I knew you were, but your dad had just died, you needed […]

A Shift in Reality

Cassidy’s story as told by Anna McAtee and Erin Davenport   Life seemed like an endless joke with me. Events would spiral out of control, and I had no intention for any of it to happen. It’s almost ridiculous what happens in my life. Now I suffer from General Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. […]

Growing Pains

Kara’s story as told by Jonel Thaller   For most teenagers, prom is considered a night to remember. We try to choose the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, and the perfect date. Even today, when I look at my prom photo, I see two attractive young people. The young lady in the photo looks smart […]

A Mother’s Story

Roberta’s story as told by Lynne Hellman   You know that at age 15, 16 or 17, you really don’t want to listen to your parents. My daughter kept it on the down low, but the first time that I saw her black eye the morning after she spent time with him, I was devastated. […]

What Love is Not

Kiara’s Story. She’s 18. 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, […]

She’s Not the Person She Once Was

Mary’s story as told by Pam Fancher   She won’t talk about any of this or get any counseling for the rape. She feels like she survived and it’s over. I think she has been raped by at least two other men, but she doesn’t think of it as rape. It’s like something inside of […]