Outside of skiing, I can relate to everything my friend Elisabeth says here. Love is twisted so much in the world, this is why the words, “I love You” are not important for me to hear. Love’s an action and we should all be showing it in the way we treat each other.
I was not trafficked but I was raped in my own home for 13 years so I know the pain and hopelessness of feeling powerless. I’ve been forced and manipulated and I remember making the decision, at 15 years old, to take my own life because that is the only thing I felt I had the power to do.
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Warning: The following story may be disturbing to some readers. Reader discretion is advised.
Two months after arriving at Hyles-Anderson College, I was forcibly escorted to the campus infirmary and injected with a tranquilizer. I assume it was a tranquilizer, since I wasn’t told what it was, or asked if I wanted it. The nurse simply stuck me in the arm. She didn’t even bother to roll up my sleeve first.
I remember thinking, This can’t be legal, but I was 18 and didn’t believe I had any rights. Within seconds after being sedated, the room went wobbly and I slid out of my chair. Someone (I don’t recall who) drug me into a little room, shut the door and locked me inside.
Continue reading Drugged & Imprisoned at Hyles-Anderson College: Denise Kodi’s Story
There’s a lot of advice in the world today for what to do when it comes to breaking up with a friend, a boyfriend, a girlfriend and even a spouse, but what about a family break-up?
Most of us are not in a position to just walk away from our family like someone we’re dating, nor do we feel we want to; however, sometimes we strongly see it’s a must when a toxic family member or the entire family is literally ruining our lives. That was my situation in my own family. Surviving the ups and downs of their moodiness and vile disrespect towards me was a challenge.
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I want to add one more thing to this chart. While offering support to this child and telling the child, “I believe you”, we should also tell the child that they have done nothing wrong, and explain that the person that hurt them is a very sick, troubled individual. To implant and ingrain in them that they are not at fault and that they have done nothing wrong and have nothing to be ashamed of, this needs to be one of the first things that the child hears. Not only does it need to be said, it needs to be said on their level, looking them in their eyes so it resonates in their minds and rest in their hearts. Continue reading How Should I React When I Suspect Child Sexual Abuse
The perpetrator that spent 13 years raping me in my own home, spent time in foster care between 1964 and 1974 and from what I understand, was abused (sexual and otherwise) the entire time. He did to me what he was taught, what had been done to him. He started raping me when he was only 8 years old and I am just one of many that he has abused.
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