Category: Abuse

Grateful, Part 1

Dianne* met a couple of strip club dancers when she was 17 who encouraged her to dance, but she told them she wasn’t interested. So they encouraged her to turn tricks instead. * Her real name, used with permission. “I was too screwed up to get a job, and I needed money for drugs,” Dianne Read More

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Warrior Woman – Hear Me Roar

  Warrior Woman – Hear Me Roar Teres’sa* is definitely a warrior woman. She and the other warrior women at the sexual abuse counseling center where she works adopted the motto “Hear Me Roar!” to remind them to be outspoken about and fight for victims of sexual abuse. * Her real name, used with permission You see, Read More

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From Rubble to Royalty

If only there’d been a National Child Abuse Prevention Month when Tammy* was 4 years old. Maybe someone would have believed her cries for help and stopped her abusers. * Her real name, used with permission. No Voice With a severe alcoholic as a mother and a step-father addicted to porn, Tammy had no voice Read More

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Broken but Priceless

  Many of us face a health struggle at some point in our lives. Uncomfortable and inconvenient as it may be, it generally has a short duration. 133 million Americans wish for a health struggle with a short duration. Instead, they suffer from chronic illnesses, which are ongoing, incurable, and invisible illnesses. Erin* is one Read More

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Where the Souls Go

Ann Hite’s* third novel, Where the Souls Go, continues the Pritchard family saga in the Black Mountain series. Annie Todd, Grace Jean’s daughter, is added to the multi-layered mix of a dysfunctional family in the North Carolina mountains. “Annie Todd’s journey with a ‘quite mad’ mother is reflective of my own journey with my bipolar mother,” Read More

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