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I Am A Survivor Not A Victim

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 216 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I don't like playing the victim card,

    sure life can be hard at times, deal with it!
    LilChickadee LilChickadee 22-25, F 6 days ago

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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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    If you were to see me walking down the street, or in the grocery store, you would never realize that I am a survivor. The physical scars have healed, yet the mental and emotional...
    nuwbnprincess nuwbnprincess 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 16

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    Don't be a victim, be a target.. Targets can move!
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F Dec 15

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    I have a story like all of you been through the therapy of remembering more than I ever wanted too. but I found ways to cope then survive now i'm trying to thrive. my coping was...
    hopeful72 hopeful72 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 12

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    Is there any survivor who was abused by different people all the years? Please tell me im not the one!
    angel8i angel8i 31-35 2 Responses Dec 13

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    I just wanted to start this experience to spread awareness about the often much-neglected living victims of 9/11...I will write more later.
    creativegal82 creativegal82 31-35, F Dec 18

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    I am not a child anymore but I still put up with abuse. I have no family nor friends as far as I am concerned. Not on this earth anyway. Junior high school and high school was...
    creativegal82 creativegal82 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 18

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    I'm a survivor in more then one way. I'm a survivor in the way aim the survivor from my cousins suicide. I'm also a survivor of my ow suicide attempt. It's been 8 months since I...
    leaguegirl97 leaguegirl97 16-17, F Nov 26

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    YeshTikveh YeshTikveh 61-65, M Dec 11

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    I am a survivor. 3 months ago, my boyfriend of 5 years hung himself from a tree in our backyard while I sat on the couch. he had severe depression, and had been saying he was going...
    hollygee hollygee 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 11

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    I have a soul of emotional abuse survivor. I dont know why they all hurt my soul, my spirit and my mind. Thruh the years first it was my mother, then classmates disliked me, i...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35 1 Response Dec 17

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    I mean really, a long history of victimization has left me so strong in so many aspects but there is still the residual leftovers deep inside. I tell myself I am worthless, that I...
    SameOldLoneliness SameOldLoneliness 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    I joined this experience, not because I am a victim of emotional abuse by somebody else, but because I am emotional abuse's victim. in other words, I am the emotional abuser. I...
    WeArePilots WeArePilots 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    It took me 6 years to realize that I am a victim of emotional abuse. As a teenager I also said that I would never be "one of those girls" and be in a relationship that destroyed...
    Laniemae45 Laniemae45 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I know the victim(s), and I know the killer.
    Colourfi Colourfi 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    Knew*, I knew a murder victim.
    BON3S BON3S 18-21, M Dec 10

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    My, now ex, just came clean about being with another women while we were together. He was emotionally abusive, called ever name in the book (sl$t, troll, family hates me for a...
    funluvz funluvz 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 11

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    This is a good article for whatever kind of abusive relationship you may be in. Mine currently just happens to be verbal and emotional. And for those of you who want to whine...
    trayomis trayomis 31-35, F Dec 15

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    So im gonna finally get this off my chest. Its been a dark cloud over my head for months. I want to change something that i cannot change. I am a victim of domestic violence. Its...
    Heyababe Heyababe 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 17

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    I left my invalid mother for four days with caregivers that Fremont Rideout Hospice recommended to me. While I was gone they got her to sign all her medical rights away while...
    Webgypsy Webgypsy 56-60, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was abused from the ages of 4-6. Pretty much everything under the sun, including child *********** and child grooming. Rape, etc.
    Punchinginadream Punchinginadream 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 26

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    Chrissy Grass between my toes and sun shining on my dark head, I was at peace. I loved and lived in the moment. I had no understanding of the past or the future. I only knew of...
    Punchinginadream Punchinginadream 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 27

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    My mom hits me a lot. Back when I was little, I used to cry a lot. I was a miserable child. My mom slapped me, hit me on my back, called me names. I never knew the meanings of the...
    Tearsinmycheek Tearsinmycheek 16-17, F 6 Responses Nov 28

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    I've been reading some of these experiences with something about not being able to remember yourself before the diagnosis, but I can't seem to forget it or stop comparing it to...
    tiaa26 tiaa26 16-17, F Nov 28

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    I grew up being the only kid in a wheelchair in my town and was always an outsider. I was bullied a lot throughout school. I was put on a picnic table in my chair, I had my back...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 28

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    Sometimes I ask myself, "What's the point of this existence?" My general response is, "Why does there have to be a point? Isn't it enough to be aware at this moment?" and usually...
    findmeholdmeloveme findmeholdmeloveme 18-21 1 Response Nov 29

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    i miss my ex abuser i dont know why. im going thru witgdrawl of a toxic relationship. its driving me crazy
    amtired amtired 22-25 1 Response Nov 30

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    I was raped twice. took my a long time to realise. one time i was a child
    tarjawhore tarjawhore 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 30

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    It does get better in time, the emotional bruises repair but it takes time and effort. Be kind to yourself and hold your head up high.
    LindaMabelle LindaMabelle 36-40, F Dec 1

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    In 2010 when I was 21 I was diagnosed with a rare ovarian cancer. I'm now cancer free. This experience has taught me a lot about people and my self. I'm still quite anxious about...
    heatherdreamsofchange heatherdreamsofchange 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 2

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    I can get through anything because I've been through a lot of things. There's nothing life can throw at me that I cant handle. I've come this far, giving up would just be a waste.
    thisISalessa thisISalessa 16-17, F Dec 4

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    I was sexually abused as a child for over 10 years by my own family
    Skittlesrox94 Skittlesrox94 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 4

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    I did what I had to do. anything to avoid it. I guess I just got tired of it and saw no other way out. I could never leave you, I loved you too much. I was too weak for you. so I...
    somegirl117 somegirl117 18-21 1 Response Dec 5

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    This week has been full of nightmares and flashbacks. I've been working with severely disabled children, some of whom were physically abused by their parents. It brings everything...
    ScarredScared ScarredScared 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    My mom use to beat me until I was 13 or 14 and she didn't touch my twin brother or little sister.
    CaliArs CaliArs 18-21, F 9 Responses Dec 8

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    A couple months back I tried to commit suicide by overdose on Fioricet. I didn't take enough and blacked out for a few hours, was passed out for I don't know how long, and went to...
    MaddiElise MaddiElise 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    Too many things have gone on in my life to recount. Some brought on by my own wrong decisions but I am still here. Losing my cousin a few weeks ago has been almost the breaking...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F Dec 11

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    Today is the end of week 3 of 8 in the childhood abuse and trauma recovery program I'm in. The first week was difficult just learning the schedule, meeting all the facilitators...
    Etheros Etheros 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 11

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