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Lived Through This

It took me three years to break free

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Fiction

A family unravels after a horrific crime

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Portrait of a young woman against a black background.
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Growing up in strict purity culture screwed up my sex life

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My journey to healing from trauma through C. S. Lewis and lots of bad sex

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Surviving domestic violence is one thing, recovering is something else entirely

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Each day after leaving brings emotions that are anything but simple

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Day One


Trust Issues

After two abusive relationships, finally trusting my inner voice helped me get back up — and stay there

Illustration by Thoka Maer


Reporting my brother to Child Protective Services was the first step in ending a decades-long cycle

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1. A Deathbed Confession, 1997


Some pasts, once escaped, are too hard to revisit

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Telling me to forgive my father means erasing the years of abuse I suffered at his hands

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