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.

A Police Officer’s Story – I never understood why victims stay; now I do.

I love him…I do. But I don’t know if I can continue to live this way. When I was an officer, I could never understand why women or men would stay in the same house when they were being abused. Beware of these people at all costs!!! One red flag brings on many red flags. Your emotions will never matter. You will always be told you’re overreacting when you confront them about their abusive behaviors.

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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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