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I Am a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

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    I was sexually abused

    for several years when I was a child. My psychological problems followed me for many years . Because I did allow it to happen even though I understood it was very wrong. But mainly because he manipulated me and what he did to me started to feel very nice and because of that I...
    EmmaHansson EmmaHansson 46-50, F 6 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    I was sexually abused by my brother 7 years ago

    and never told anybody. I need help because I don't know what to do. I'm in college. He's three years older than me and still lives at home so I have to see him once a month and I hate him for this.
    Elizabeth180 Elizabeth180 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    Self-Delusion

    Today, I had a long conversation with a new EP member who contacted me because she saw that I belonged to a group for those who had been sexually exploited as children. I don’t know why, but I ended up telling her more of my story than I had ever told anyone before. Others have...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 10 Responses Oct 27, 2013

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    trying to figure out

    if I was sexually abused as a child. I can't remember but things have been coming back to me recently and wondering if that's why I have not been able to have normal sexual relations with people that I have dated and liked. I never thought about it before but it seems to be...
    roks94 roks94 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    I was sexually abused by someone i still see

    every day. It affected my life greatly, and I still have flashbacks of it. It happened for a while before she was caught. And in my own home. I tell everyone that I dont remember it, but I do. Vividly.
    mugzib mugzib 16-17, F Nov 3, 2014

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    May Trigger

    He held me down. Forced me onto the bed, couch, floor, wherever he wanted me to be. If I ran from him, he would catch me. Sometimes, he would just grab me and carry me back to where I was “supposed” to be. Other times, he would push me in front of him, leading me to where...
    monsterwithinme monsterwithinme 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 7, 2013

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    The woman who gave me life was a pedo magnet

    One boyfriend after another, a parade of deviant malcontents With their eyes trained on the little one and not on her When the heavy foot steps weight the wooden floor in light even steps that crept to my door I slip fully clothed from my bed, into the dark, into the quiet...
    khewster khewster 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 9, 2014

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    I was abused by my father

    as a child. We were Jehovahs Witnesses at the time and I told a family friend what was happening. He went and told the elders of the congregation who told him to keep his mouth shut and not to let it get out. Unfortunately he listened to them. Has anyone else experienced this...
    meemaw2011 meemaw2011 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    The insensitivity of others.

    I was at a meeting today for business. One of the presenters gave a very good presentation on childhood trauma and the effects. I found it personally and professionally informative. I really do try my best at meetings or training to get something out of it. This is a new job...
    hischelsea hischelsea 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 10, 2014

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    I hate how my past holds me back from things I

    want to do :/ it's haunting and terrifying
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F Oct 15, 2014

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    Truth is, I just really want to put a *******

    bullet in my head. I don't care about world peace. I don't care about feeding the needy. I don't care about global warming. I just want to die. Maybe I'm a terrible *******. Maybe I don't have a soul. If I'm certain about anything it's that I don't belong here. My life never...
    Ashclo Ashclo 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 22

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    I Was "abused". I Don't Know How I Feel. I Know I Don't Feel Human. But Someday I Will.

    For the longest time I thought I had imagined it. I honestly thought it was a product of my feverish imagination but then again... Why would anyone IMAGINE THAT?? I was sexually taken advantage of as a child. I cannot honestly say I was abused or that I Feel abused because it did...
    Janewise13 Janewise13 18-21 11 Responses Nov 5, 2011

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    Sometimes I wonder what other people dream

    about. I used to dream about going to live in the clouds with the angels. Looking down at the world as I fly through the sky. Leaving everything and anyone who ever hurt me behind. Forgetting every mistake I ever made. Losing myself in nothingness. Now, all I see is reality...
    Ashclo Ashclo 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2014

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    Whatever You Do, Don't Tell Anyone--you'll Ruin His Family...

    Those were the words my parents used to help me "deal" with Mr. Klomen, the Head of the Upper School, who after weeks of inappropriate touching, finally went to the next level destroying the trust and admiration I felt for him, crossing all boundaries and throwing me into a...
    light62 light62 46-50, F 5 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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    Maybe it was my fault.

    .. Funny how if someone tells you something over and over you start to believe it
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 17, 2014

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    My babysitters husband

    and son use to molest me and my younger sister. I want to die every time I think of what they did to my sister. I was in the third grade and she was in the first grade... I was 9 she was 6... I feel disgusting. I never opened my stupid mouth to no one about this till a few years...
    PandaLoves PandaLoves 26-30, F 1 Response May 18

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    I Get It

    I was sexually abused by my uncle when I was around 3-4 years old. He liked to take out his penis, lay me on top of him and kiss me hard on the mouth. One time I remember waking up and he was performing oral sex on me. I can also remember him tricking me into performing oral...
    Italy4me Italy4me 46-50 2 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    That stuff kills us. I hope everyone reading

    realizes how much it hurts and traumatizes us. It's not that "sex isn't a big deal" because for some it is and for some it isn't. However, it's that lack of control - of knowing what happened to you isn't your choice, and of knowing that someone you love and trust can place your...
    EmmaBrun EmmaBrun 16-17, F 7 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    It Only Happened The Once!!!!

    I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A place with trees, and old gravel extraction pit, it was an escape from the the work we had to do when i was a child., parents worked the land and needed my help, I had no choice, that I was not supposed to be in, it was all fenced...
    KnobbyKnees KnobbyKnees 46-50, M 11 Responses Jan 2, 2011

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    I'm at a time where I wish I had never told

    anyone. I was abused between age 5-7 by my babysitter. He was at least 40 years older then me. I didn't tell anyone until I was 13. I don't remember much from suppressing my memory but that doesn't stop the flashbacks. I now have major depression, pcos, PTSD, sleep apnea and...
    Chinoi6 Chinoi6 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 20, 2014

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    Touch Of Healing

    :: Dedicated to my Angel :: Many survivors are not so lucky to get the "priceless" feeling, what I call 'Touch of healing', but I was lucky enough to experience it a few times. He was the only person whom I told the whole 'story'. I don't know what made me speak in front of him...
    TiredOfRunning TiredOfRunning 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 1, 2013

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    Woke up in the night

    and heard a noise.... I thought it was him coming back. Now the light is on and I'm terrified to sleep...again :/
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F Oct 20, 2014

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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 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 9, 2014

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    Today is am abuser's birthday.

    This could possibly be the worst day of the year. Even after all he did to me, he still gets so much support and love from friends and family. I hate it so much. It's not fair that he gets to be all happy and supported and such...but here I am, still cutting, struggling with an...
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    My Dad

    He was a horrible man.. He used to hit me and call me names when I was younger. I tried to not let it bother me, But one night he took it way too far.. He and his 2 friends came home all ****** up on heroin and alcohol. They came into my room and woke me up. Then continued to...
    MarissaMoon MarissaMoon 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2013

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    Operation Be A Kid Again

    Operation Be A Kid Again( from my blog www.diaryofabrokenchild.blogspot.com) This is my list of things I never got to do as a kid, got to do but want to do again or just things I wanna try as an adult that have nothing to do with childhood. This list could be call Operation...
    silverstar415850 silverstar415850 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    I Have Survived

    I have survived but i don't know at what price. I don't know where the experience ends and I start. All i know is that it influences everything i feel, do, experience. I try to leave it behind but i still carry it with me and maybe always will. It is so much to carry it all...
    pinkpandaboi pinkpandaboi 18-21, M 5 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    Survivor Huh? Yeah...but Maybe Thts Not The Right Term.

    I hate bastards who abuse children!! Every time I read about something like that, I get a lot of mixed feelings, some of them twisted raging anger, and relief because I am not alone, a sense of belonging or something...relating to someone...but its all bitterness, scared fear, I...
    hoping2live hoping2live 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 9, 2010

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    My Life In Pretence

    I don't like talking about it. For the most part of my life, I pretended it was all a dream, a nightmare, something so hazy that it fades in the background and pretend it didn't happen to me. But I couldn't carry on pretending any longer. Not when I try to have a serious...
    hoping2live hoping2live 22-25, F 20 Responses Oct 7, 2010

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    beetlejuice1 beetlejuice1 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    Dark

    It all so dark. My room and my walls. My heart is pounding. It's beating is a noise. I'm still. Like a corpse. But my eyes are opened. And I'm seeing the dark. I can see through the dark. Feeling it all around me, covering me. Like a black ink. Comforting me. It's like a cover, a...
    TiredOfRunning TiredOfRunning 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 19, 2013

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    I still think about it sometimes -

    and although I do, it doesn't mean I am not over it. I survived. It stayed with me but I survived. :)
    EmmaBrun EmmaBrun 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 28, 2014

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    I've posted on here before,

    but now I just recently got new information. My rapist is my half brother, who before I had a mental breakdown I still talked too. He was engaged to a girl and had my niece. Now I haven't spoken to him in over two years and find out this weekend he got some other new lady...
    hellokittysr hellokittysr 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    A Little Start

    I lay sleeping, until my bedroom door is ajar. I see his shadow through the hall way light. My heart starts pounding, How long do i have? Should I make a run for it, or lay silent and be still, I'm only a child, not more than eight, I close my eyes with the first tear, And pray...
    Estel1980 Estel1980 26-30 2 Responses Aug 25, 2012

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    I am triggered every time someone tells a man

    that having been sexually abused by a woman is something to be proud of, happy about, etc. Abuse is abuse, not a rite of passage. We need to change this collective mindset and protect the innocence of our youth! http://throughtheireyescac.com/2015/05/06/male-sexual-abuse-by-a...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8 36-40, F 1 Response May 7

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    it happened and i cant change it

    but i refuse to let it define who i am as a person
    daniellefeather28 daniellefeather28 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 8, 2014

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    When I was younger I was molested by my brother

    in law. My mother and sister know but they don't believe it. Every time I look at his face I get sick. We talked about what happend and he always says he was sorry. He wish he never did it. I forgave him but I'll never forget. It messed me up.
    babykaykez19 babykaykez19 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    I have been molested 3 times in my life.

    The first was by my uncle which I don't remember too well because I was so young. The second time was by a neighbor and I was only in fifth grade so everything was very confusing. The third time was the most recent I I just turned 16 because I was 16 the man is not punished to...
    AlaskaJo AlaskaJo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    This Is What I Feel When I'm Reminded Of It.

    Those white butterflies pretty and white dancing in the valley colorful and bright. Yes, those white butterflies tried escape but caught wings pinned, wings torn. Yes, those white butterflies turning grey and pale motionless and calm wide open eyes but see only the dark. Those...
    TiredOfRunning TiredOfRunning 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2012

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    My step brother raped me

    as a child. I just finally told my dad about two years ago. My mom always knew and never did anything about it. My grandmother who is dead asked if I was lying. Holidays are tough I have a niece from my brother and she is the best thing ever. But hearing my mom talk about him...
    hellokittysr hellokittysr 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I was sexually abused on a daily basis by my

    stepfather from the ages 7-12. I'm now 23. There is so much that has happened in between that I don't know how to begin to write. Some days are better then others. Although it's always there, bubbling beneath the surface. It's hard to explain, but it's just sadness. Absolute...
    asha1991 asha1991 22-25, F 8 Responses May 6, 2014

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    Feeling Uncertain

    I've been through a lot of abuse in my life...verbal,physical, emotional,sexual..i don't really talk about it. I'm afraid if i do the people will look at me differently. I'm always smiling and staying positive and strong to help others..i'm so scared that if i tell people the...
    somethingspecial1 somethingspecial1 22-25, F 8 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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    I had been sexually abused by my father.

    Is there anyone just like me here??
    JerryJerryA JerryJerryA 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 14

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    Haven't written about it in a while,

    so I guess I should again. To this day no one knows who took away my innocents except for him and some of my family. One person outside of my family almost knows, but not names or seen him or anything like that. I can't bring myself to say his name out loud like that and I don...
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    I was 11... He was 18.

    I considered him as the best friend ever. His family was very close to mine. We visited each other often. I was too innocent to realise that all of his gifts and kisses were a warning of what was going to happen. It was during a night. I was alone. He was there. It...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    There is this flashback I keep having,

    I know I need to talk about it but everytime i try i freeze and feel like I'm suffocating. I don't know what to do..
    SkinnImIn SkinnImIn 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 7

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