I was starved

My parents got divorced when I was around 5. I didn’t know it at the time, or at least, I don’t remember knowing it, but my father was abusive towards my mother, before I can remember any abuse happening to me. My father had money, a lot of it.  While even...

I made the call

From the age of 3 to 11 I was sexually manipulated and abused by my step grandfather. I don’t remember each episode but the ones I do remember are vivid and I can describe the oddest things. Specifically, the chair he sat me in was moss green with a rough...

There was a lot of secrecy and shame

Hello, my name is Catherine Annette. I am writing to tell you that NO ONE deserves to be hurt in any way–physically, emotionally or mentally. If you are in a situation where someone is hurting you, the most important thing you can do is reach out for help. Call...

No protection from the abuse

My name is Kelley Richey and I currently reside in Aurora, Colorado but am originally from Kentucky. I was homeschooled up until high school graduation in a rural and religious area of what some know as the Bible Belt. I grew up one of six children. Our home life was...

Growing up was rough

Growing up was rough, especially when you have a mother who is addicted to just about everything under the sun including her drug of choice…Meth. From an early age, my mother was an abusive, selfish narcissist.  My father, who was military, met my mom and did the deed...

This happened to us – it’s not who we are

When I was five my cousin who was also five was taught how to groom me I guess by my uncle. My uncle would say things like, “You’re going to get that.” I really didn’t know what he meant. It started by my cousin rubbing his pelvis against mine. Then as time went...