Unashamed Voices – Survivor Story Series

Stories in this series are submitted by abuse survivors and supporters of abuse awareness, healing, and recovery.

All names and personal identifiers have been deleted and/or edited.

You may submit your story for the series by completing the Survivor Story Series Submission Form.

Bridget’s Story – Enmeshment and abuse by narcissistic families

I was weak. I didn’t know how to define it at the time. Unbeknownst to me, the emotional and mental effects of the abusive marriage and subsequent abusive divorce process mirrored my childhood trauma. It was like I was re-living it all over again, which rendered me completely powerless.

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Amy’s story – I awoke to a stranger beside me on Valentine’s Day

Our first Valentine’s Day, I awoke to a stranger beside me. It was as if a switch had been flipped on his personality. He began pulling away from me, distancing himself. He was never emotionally there. Everyone needs to be more educated on personality disorders like narcissism and sociopathy.

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