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I Am A Survivor Not A Victim

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 344 People

    I have to say this is a story I have never told

    to anyone expect the one person I share this tale with. It is a hard story for me to tell and before you continue u must know it doesn't end in justice and over there is no happy ending. I was 12 when my mother became friends with a woman called Lucy, she had met her at the pub...
    DreamsOfALife DreamsOfALife 18-21, F Aug 13, 2014

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    This is cross posted Many years ago,

    I was given an incredible gift. I had the honor to be a part of an event that was, for me, one of the most empowering, compassionate, healing outpouring of pure love that I could possibly image. Near the end of it, I was held in The Mother's arms while I sobbed, in a way I was...
    TruthSpeaks71 TruthSpeaks71 41-45 Nov 7, 2015

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    Refuse To Be

    I've survived many things. I've survived domestic abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, and many other things, but I refuse to be a victim. I am a survivor. I refuse to give those who have done things to harm me power by calling myself a victim.I am in control of my...
    RhombusInTheSquare RhombusInTheSquare 36-40, F 7 Responses Jan 18, 2013

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    No More Victim Card.

    i was reading this website by melanie tonia evans about N and i comes across the concept, where i need to take responsibility and accountability of my life, my feeling , my emotions, rather being the victim of my life problem. and today, i told myself, i am a survivor, not a...
    fien fien 26-30, F Sep 10, 2013

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    Is It

    I believe when can turn into victims only if we allow ourselves to. Everyone has "survived" something. I am who I am from the experiences, scars and all. I'm not going to change.
    random1581 random1581 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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    I Am A Survivor.

    I endured a very weak immune system throughout my childhood and teenage.My physical growth was effected because of that.I have seen my family abandon me.I was bullied for the majority of my life till now.I lost my father when I was 14 years old.I have seen people around me...
    Macrajat Macrajat 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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    It's good to be brave.

    It's better to be smart.
    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M Nov 10, 2015

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    I like to this k of myself

    as a survivor and not a victim. the power of positivity : )
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 29, 2015

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    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 19, 2015

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    How I Almost Became A Murder Statistic But Survived

    Life has a way of molding and reinventing us as trauma, crisis and drama infuse our lives. But, underneath, at the core, is who we are. It's that short timeline from birth through school age. The beginning of our journey is when we form our preferences; learn faith, battle our...
    Mcinacann Mcinacann 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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    Most of the time it feels like all I do is

    survive from one day to the next.
    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M Dec 1, 2015

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    I'm still putting myself back together; Slowly

    picking up the pen and the pencil. I'm wary of my own sketchbooks, after all, art is what led me to this failure. Why did I have to fall so breathlessly in love with science? Why did I pour all my passion into neuroscience? Why didn't I just do what everyone expect me to? Why...
    LisaLuxuria LisaLuxuria 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2014

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    A Broken Puzzle, Slowly Being Put Back Together

    My name is Cassidy and I am a rape victim. Until recently I couldn't say that let alone say it to thousands of people online. I'm 17, and I was 16 when I was raped by my ex-boyfriend. Though its only been a year I am nowhere near the same person I was. I guess I'll start from the...
    CassidySuburia CassidySuburia 18-21, F Oct 20, 2013

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    See a shark coming at you.

    ..stab your buddy then swim like hell.
    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 7, 2015

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    Related Experiences

    I was a victim when I was 10 and it lasted for about a year.. I trusted my uncle more than most people at the time. Was always there for me (he moved in with my family). He knew...
    ZachOrZasha ZachOrZasha 26-30, T 4 hrs ago

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    4 years ago doctors told me that I have leukaemia. Now I feel ok! So,well, I'm a survivor
    valeriacostanzo valeriacostanzo 18-21, F 19 hrs ago

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    Mine is the comment of a male, 67, who had , for the most part, lived a moral life. The damage left behind in the case of rape is of no concern to the perpetrator. He is a loser...
    BuckeyeBill48 BuckeyeBill48 66-70, M 2 days ago

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    " I am " I am 16 But mentally I am 10 Emotionally I am afraid of everything I am a victim of abuse and I am ashamed . No one knows how hard it's to hide the pain behind a...
    kittenmajor kittenmajor 18-21, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hey everyone, it's my first time posting, so I will keep it short. It's also 3:45 am. I wanted to talk about my sociopathic, violent brother. This guy lied and told us in great...
    LiftedCurse LiftedCurse 31-35, M 4 days ago

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    Yes. This needs to be addressed immediately. It's true that I am a youngish woman. However, I am not a youngish American woman. It has occurred to myself and others that the U...
    MegBrady MegBrady 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Quite often abusers flip on you when you wont be their victim and you fight back...kick and uncaged lion *************...I dare you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 days ago

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    I am a survivor suicide and coma couldn't hold me back thanks to the ALMIGHTY!!!!
    riderz4christ riderz4christ 36-40, M 14 Responses Feb 2

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    To be fair though, I hate it when people act like a victim in general.
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie 16-17, F Feb 2

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    This you may see in a different light. But this is the first time that I believe I have been sexually harrassed. Before you judge, hear me out. I was sitting on a bus home from...
    Teaganwhitney Teaganwhitney 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Me. I am me myself and I. I have made myself a wall. An unbreakable wall. A wall so high and so strong it can only be broken by guided hands. My wall protects me. It protects me...
    FragileButterfly565 FragileButterfly565 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    This February will be 4 years since my suicide attempt and second chance at life. It's been almost 2 yrs since my divorce was final. I'm living on my own, I've been at my job for...
    kittyluv78 kittyluv78 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 31

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    on friday at school, one of my classmates told me to go kill myself. that was... wow, just really horrible, considering what ive been through. i hope he learns someday that suicide...
    kaliforniadreamin kaliforniadreamin 16-17, T Jan 31

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    Anyone in an abusive relationship get out of there. It doesn't get better !!!!
    AmazingPoet AmazingPoet 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 31

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    I have survived Leaukimeia. I was 7 years old, in the first grade, when I went to a local hospital when I was "abducted" and put into an ambulance. The ambulance took me to...
    19pollard97 19pollard97 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I'm not really sure that I am a victim of emotional abuse. I've lived with my parents in the same house for twenty years, aside from the three semesters I spent in college, which...
    krcb krcb 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    It's a struggle tonight. Keep having horrible rushing thoughts.
    Jlb13592 Jlb13592 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I am glad to be leaving after 16 years of abuse .....
    AmazingPoet AmazingPoet 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 30

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    It is my dearest hope that others will be encouraged by this. For many years I was adversely affected by these early childhood traumas, remaining a victim to the abuse (yes, there...
    Islamujer Islamujer 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 30

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    I tried killing myself after it happened. My family had horrible luck.. My mother was raped, I was raped by her ex husbands son, and I had to go to court... Now my step dad is...
    ghostflannel ghostflannel 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 28

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    I remember one time I was sick, and I ran away into a forest close to home for some reason. I think it was because my mom was mad at me. Although it was summer, my temperaure was...
    ThatOneDepressedKid ThatOneDepressedKid 13-15, F Jan 28

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    I feel like I'm slowly losing myself. Like I'm going down the same road I was 3 years ago trying to uncover pieces of my past. What do you do when your own body starts to crave...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 28

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    I once survived near death suicide, i cut my throat with a carrott
    RudeMeanie RudeMeanie 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 27

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    It's becoming to difficult.
    Jlb13592 Jlb13592 26-30, M Jan 27

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    This story is my own, I’m not telling it to get pity but cause it helps to talk about it and I know it can help others in the same situation or who have been there…. This is...
    ChantouKimmy ChantouKimmy 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 27

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    PSA: I'm using some rough words here. It occurred to me for the first time some 9 years ago that I was abused. I analyzed this in retrospect and this shocked me. Why did it shock...
    ramblingjules ramblingjules 26-30 1 Response Jan 27

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    I'm a survivor of molestation. One of my children is a rape survivor. I didn't find out until two days before Thanksgiving and that is when my world came crashing down on me. I...
    Arubaskies Arubaskies 41-45, F 13 Responses Jan 26

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    I went to Christian schools from Kindergarten through my sophomore year of high school so "unfair punishments", yeah, I know all about it. Unfair was the name of their game. They...
    RustySubway RustySubway 36-40, M