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I Am A Survivor Not A Victim

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    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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    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

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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...
    McCannT12 McCannT12 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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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 2 Responses Jan 8

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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 10 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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    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 16-17, F Oct 20, 2013

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    Victim"...I hate that word. We are not "victims". We are some of the strongest, bravest women to walk the earth. We are survivors.  We are not stray helpless animals, we are the...
    TriciaFL TriciaFL 36-40, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm a victim of sexual assault. My drink was spiked at a party, I fell asleep and 2 men sexually assaulted me...they took photographs aswell, ten in total- of them committing the...
    Jacobscracker Jacobscracker 31-35, F Aug 17

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    I'm a guy so it been hard dealing with being a victim of rape. I'm also straight which makes it a million times worse in my head to deal with. Only my parents and my therapist know...
    andrew20142014 andrew20142014 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 12

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    Its never love when he calls you a ***** or a *****. Because no respectable man would ever call his woman names, especially ***** or *****. Is he truly sorry for leaving scars on...
    Inherownwords Inherownwords 31-35, F Aug 20

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    Basically, recently, there has been a lot of interest in child abuse victims in my area. Outside my family, no-one knows about what my step-father did to me. I mean, the whole...
    gigglesounds gigglesounds 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Very violently raped when I was 15-16, beaten by two different ex's at 22 and 30. 41 years old now and haven't felt like a victim for several years now. People are always against...
    Polly73 Polly73 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    When I was 15 I was sent to a treatment center for teens. It was I Maine, a place called Ironwood I was there for many reasons. First I had been raped the year before. It was very...
    jujubee16 jujubee16 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 2

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    So I'm 13 and this guy I was with at the time was 18 I wasn't dating him just hanging out and I wasn't high or anything but we were chilling and he asked me a lot if times before...
    ryry009 ryry009 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    It has been a while since I have posted here. I've restarted the videos on Survivors of Child Abuse and Maladaptive daydreaming. My latest video is about flashbacks and tips on how...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Aug 7

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    I went back around the same time it's brought the side back the awful angry nasty side why for what? That place holds what scares me the most my nightmare It holds what should of...
    cailowe cailowe 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    2 years ago I was raped by a stranger while backpacking in Europe--I was alone at the time because I was en route to meet up my cousin that night. After a terrible night of doctors...
    imasurvivor411 imasurvivor411 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    If anyone out there is survivor or going through domestic abuse and would like to talk or be listened to by some one who understands. Looking for understanding people who have had...
    tazygirl tazygirl 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I. Am. I also want to state right here that not just Woman are victims of Rape. There are men, chidlren of both genders, and yes women. Please don't sterotype this as a thing that...
    Cassadilla1822 Cassadilla1822 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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    I recently learned that domestic abuse isn't limited to couples , I would never guessed it was also roommates as well. I did a lot of research into this before I figured out that I...
    Lunnaku Lunnaku 26-30 1 Response Aug 3

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    Hello, my name is Diane and I am a junior at Rutgers. After the recent news concerning Mike Brown/Ferguson and police brutality, and reading about the protests occurring in NJ, I...
    deekayyy deekayyy 18-21, F Aug 18

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    Corey was someone I met offline talked to for four months a United States marine cute and had a great vibe. A couple weeks after my boyfriend passed he came down took me out to...
    ChandlerTitus1 ChandlerTitus1 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 2

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    2 years ago I was in a horrific motor bike accident. With my best friend and her step brother. I only remember what I was told about it. But we hit one an another. Leaving is all...
    sbj1234 sbj1234 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 2

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    I was a child slave from six to ten then was abused from ten to twelve and last year they attempted to make me a slave again but God was with me the entire time and rescued me when...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 2

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    Not many people know, because I try not to put my past out there, but I've tried committing suicide a couple times. I'm major depressive with suicidal tendencies. My family has...
    brandijade92 brandijade92 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 3

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    Careful guys, suicide is punishable by death in some states... You'll get the electric chair...
    DreadlockJesus DreadlockJesus 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 3

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    I remember being 6 years old and my older siblings had left home. My mother had jus had the youngest in our family. The twins were almost 3. My mother was a very sick alcoholic...
    squirllykid squirllykid 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 4

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    Anyone know the cure for loneliness?
    itsawish itsawish 22-25, F 9 Responses Aug 5

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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel about a woman in prison. Please help me.
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 6

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    Not very happy about surviving, but thinking about my parents upset faces in the hospital and after discovering the cuts on various occasions, I think again. But I wonder for how...
    Lonelyndepressedgirl Lonelyndepressedgirl 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 6

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    In some states attempted suicide is punishable by death! Don't break you law you you rebels...
    TheStillmanator TheStillmanator 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 6

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    Write more about this experience (optional)PLEASE BE MY CO-WRITER FOR A REALISTIC DRAMA NOVEL ABOUT A WOMAN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M Aug 6

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    I wish I could talk to somebody about this but it's so hard :(
    OliviaFrey OliviaFrey 13-15, F 11 Responses Aug 7

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    I had surgery to remove a 10cm myxoma about 7 weeks ago and am now having complications. Anyone else out there with this surgery?
    vbusby vbusby 61-65, F Aug 8

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    I was molested by my father and i kept it hidden for a year. I constantly blame myself especially if he could end up in jail. I am scared of what will come of the investigation
    savigirl14 savigirl14 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 9

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    PLEASE BE MY CO-WRITER FOR A REALISTIC DRAMA NOVEL ABOUT A WOMAN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M Aug 9

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    Every day Constant They called me names Turned against me All for a mistake I was small Lonely I was angry Mad at them all Lives I wish I'd take I bit her She bled It wasn't bad...
    Angekinz Angekinz 22-25, F Aug 9

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    I'm currently sitting in a room with his baby and girlfriend. I hate this and want out. They probable have no clue about anything. No one knows my pain I'm in right now. I hate...
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    7 years today it all ended he was finally caught and I was finally free, only to discover I am not free I have lasting damage both mentally and physically
    vanivoo vanivoo 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I have survived over dosing twice with a large amount of paracetamol 30-40 each time I tried, I sometimes wish I had died, I am starting to get back on my feet even after 2 years...
    maddieXxx maddieXxx 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 13

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    When I was younger, I was traveling with my parents to my grandfather's house. It was a normal day and I thought everything was going to be okay. I was just sitting in the...
    IRequireAssistance IRequireAssistance 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    Isolation became my being, the walls of my windowless room became my flesh, and the cries of pain became my soul. What can I say that others hasn't? I could talk about it, but I...
    Oldwounds Oldwounds 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 14

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    This is my first time posting, I wasn't really sure about doing this but I feel like I need to. The first 5 years if my life I lived with my grandparents and my mom. My bio dad...
    swan88 swan88 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 14

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    I have tried 5 times since the age of 12. When I was disowned from my family I first tried overdosing on paracetamol but I ended up vomiting blood but lived. Next time I slit my...
    tonightsthenight tonightsthenight 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    I was young. I was pretty much through with all the things my mom kept pinning on me (I'll discuss that later) so I downed about 15 sleeping pills and went to bed. I remember...
    firelovelies firelovelies 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    I was rape for a couple of years when I was younger. My parents were divorcing and it was a sad time. So many sad things I saw then do to each other. I was neglected. No one ever...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15