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I Was a Victim of Predatory Lending

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    Paying $13,000 For A Car That Costs $3,000 (or Probably Less Than That.

    At the beginnings of this year, (January 2010) we were living in Richmond, VA and we were in urgent need of a car.  Our credit was not the best, but both of us were had a decent job.  We are educators that with the economic situation of the country in the last 4 years...
    mareignotum mareignotum 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2010

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    I Could Possibly Be Homeless Soon

    In 2004 I decided to refinance our home to get rid of some medical bills and a few credit cards.  I found a lender who I worked well with, and the whole process took a short amount of time as we had great credit and I am a good household manager.  My husband had nothing...
    Michiganmom Michiganmom 46-50, F 2 Responses May 13, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    It's unfortunate but these more often than not go unreported. I often think it's because of the stigma, and victim blaming. It's ridiculous how people are treated when reporting...
    merrygentry merrygentry 31-35, F 13 hrs ago

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    Remember When Taylor Swift Was The Victim? In many of her hits, she was the victim in her relationships. Nobody said anything about it at first. Then she went through so many...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Im now 9 years using the internet. I was trying to put my feelings on EP, other forums online, but i met rarelly any victims of abuse.Either they have shame to come out and talk...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    JOHNNY AND THE ANIMALS For me, the funniest moments of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson' were when guests brought out animals. Joan Embery, of the San Diego zoo, was a...
    goodogstay goodogstay 46-50, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I am currently in highschool and try to fight bullying as much as I can. But I can never escape the fact that I once was a bully. Being a socially awkward person I had trouble...
    SalemKat SalemKat 13-15, F Jul 3

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    I was a victim of domestic abuse I was abused by my boyfriend would love to talk to some of you guys to ease the pain
    Prettybirds Prettybirds 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 11

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    Part 2: Well it's now been 6 years. I am the crazy one and he is mr perfect to his friends and family! A few times we went out with friends and he was mr chatty to everyone but me...
    snw1980 snw1980 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Never in my life would I have imagined myself being a victim of domestic violence. My boyfriend & I were perfect once upon a time, & things went so wrong so fast. I loved him, & a...
    HeartbrokenHeroine HeartbrokenHeroine 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I feel like I need to share the truth about my relationship somewhere. I have been in a relationship with a guy who has made me feel isolated, like a disgusting animal, a stupid...
    myselffirst myselffirst 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 26

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    When I was 16 and a junior in HS, I was invited to the prom by my best friend. I was super excited because I am a bit of a social outcast. I am always alone but he at least likes...
    sadsarahg sadsarahg 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for nearly a year back in 2012. It was my first real relationship, and he was the first guy I fell in love with (ironically). Needless...
    bluebubblebug bluebubblebug 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 27

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    I was molested by my uncle from the time I was about 3/4 until I was 13. I also found out later on in life that this same Uncle raped 3 of my cousin and 1 of my closet friends. I...
    Chocamay Chocamay 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    I'm only 14. I've had depression, technically, since I was about 8 or 9 (when I realized just how big of an a**hole my dad was), but it's only been a problem for about a year or so...
    LaurenHarris LaurenHarris 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 28

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    I am not one to write on forums, blogs or message boards but after 9 months of trying everything else--- drugs, alcohol, dating, a shrink-- here I am. I want to tell my story and...
    arw2014 arw2014 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    This will be my most personal story. It's not just about me, but I figured I should put everything in one place. This will be long, so anyone who actually wants to take the time to...
    lonachan lonachan 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    I was emotionally abused by my mother all of my life. The abuse started as i was 9 and continued till last year. As i lived with my parents in my mother country i was hurt every...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    If I was to write every single detail, I'd probably be typing all night. Plus I am too lazy :P But well me name is Emily, I'm 17 years old. I was raped when I was 12 by a...
    Emily97x Emily97x 16-17, F Jul 9

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    My ex wife would lose it if I used the wrong words to answer her.... Everytime I was late even 5 or 10 minutes she accused me of cheating. She'd threaten to leave if she didn't get...
    Z00Z00Z Z00Z00Z 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    Even when I was 3 years old. It was only my dad who did it. My mom sat by and watched because she couldn't do anything about it but come help me afterwards. My dad always thought I...
    Zalbaar Zalbaar 13-15, M Jul 11

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    For a very long time, I've been searching for a place to tell my story. This seems like my best bet so far, so here goes. When I was 14, I was in my first real relationship. It...
    junelily junelily 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    As a freshman in high school I found a guy who I thought was amazing which turned out to not be the case. He was a football player that was over 6 feet and 200 lbs, while I was a...
    taypt taypt 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 15

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    Trigger warning The neighbor kid and I had been hanging out for multi yrs, he started to get violent... But being in the country, the next nearest neighbor who had kids my age...
    Notalone00 Notalone00 31-35, M Jul 17

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    Part 1: I have been married 6 1/2 yrs together for 8. He is so subtle that I am just now realizing what it truly going on. I thought I married the perfect guy until not long...
    snw1980 snw1980 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Glass everywhere. Blood tipping from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes. I can't see anything but a full wrecked house. I told myself to "Calm Down and that everything...
    queenlekxie04 queenlekxie04 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I cheated on my husband, then i left him. He was mean, and I'm tired of repeating the details, but by mean I intend to say that he fits into many of the descriptors of an...
    Regrets472 Regrets472 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    My mom has 9 kids I'm the oldest I take care of them she went out one night and I was putting the baby's to sleep everyone was sleeping and me and my best friend was up talking...
    tamaraiwannaknow tamaraiwannaknow 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    People who really know me know that I have a big heart underneath a tough shell. All of my life, I have felt the burden of emotions that I did not want. The primary offender is...
    MaunaLani13 MaunaLani13 46-50, M 1 day ago

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    I was 19 when I saved up all my money and invested into a greenhouse business with my boyfriend's friend. My boyfriend stopped coming to help because he disagreed with how my...
    EatenByGuilt EatenByGuilt 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I don't know whats worse; the physical or emotional abuse.. Physical signs of abuse go away, well most of mine did; a couple scars and such here and there but nothing a little...
    softballgirl3 softballgirl3 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    No blood I can still stand, I get some bruises or scratches. But really does it make a difference, I get kicked in my legs hard, hit hard, things thrown at me. I've learned to be...
    Anna85xo Anna85xo 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    i have always seen suicide as a selfish act and as being a quitter. it's been a few years now since i received an email from someone i thought may do self harm. it was their...
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M Jun 29

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    A Truce When I started this experience project I tried to stress the theory that bridezilla's needed to be aware that it's not cool to treat family and friends badly because...
    lovingone lovingone 36-40, F Jul 4

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    BULLYING AT WORK…….HOW OFTEN DOES IT TAKE PLACE? HOW MANY OF US SUFFER IN SILENCE JUST TO SAVE FACE? AFTER ALL WE ARE ADULTS,ALL GROWN UP NOW….. AND HOW DO YOU TELL...
    sirslilangel sirslilangel 41-45, F Jul 5

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    So ive decided i need help understanding if i am in a relationship that is worth it... I met my boyfriend when i was 15 we dated for maybe 2 months then i started having problems...
    paola04414 paola04414 18-21, F Jul 8

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    I am now 48 years old but 40 years ago I was abuse at 8 years old by a gang of older lads they were in their teens the same year I went back to wearing baby pants there was 9 older...
    midlothian midlothian 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Dear ******* Who Hurt Me for Four Years, I am no longer your emotional slave. You hurts me so bad that I was diagnosed with PTSD. You drove me out of the state, 1000 miles away...
    sarahtorrella sarahtorrella 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    I lost everything because of someone who should have protected me. My mind is so screwed up and I don't know how to cope with it anymore. I lost my childhood, my family, my sanity...
    Ren10 Ren10 13-15, F Jul 15

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    I'm a 24 years old female. I was sexually abused by my biological father for 10 years or so. He came onto me at night. I thought every girl had to go through it. Realized I was a...
    cloudish cloudish 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I was boiling some tea before school, and I made a mistake and wasted it on my thigh, hurt like hell.
    darkangellights darkangellights 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    When I was first learning to walk, my babysitter was watching tv and I managed to waddle my way up to the kitchen where she had left the oven open right after she cooked. I fell...
    Swordsman101 Swordsman101 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    I was pulled into a men's public toilet by a man I had only just met and raped. A year later I still hear his whispers in my ear 'I know you want it'
    jesslauren30 jesslauren30 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    ask me questions. i'm trying to recover as we speak, I've been working on it for about 4 months now. I am not afraid of people's judgement because I'm not going to defend my past...
    DrkHrse DrkHrse 22-25 1 Response Jul 1

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    I feel like no one cares, or takes me as serious as my experience with sexual assault was. Like just because I never got fully raped mean that it doesn't matter. Well if this...
    Lexieshayy Lexieshayy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    I was being raped for 4 years and this last time I had a rape kit done and my rapist is currently serving 900years in prison but I'm 12 weeks pregnant with his baby and I don't...
    rablst rablst 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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