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Survivors' Stories

dorota
Survivor Stories

Dorota’s Story

It was a warm summer in 1997 in Poland. My paternal grandmother took my 2 sisters and I away on holiday to Koronowo-a small town in the North of Poland. We were staying at my grandmother’s friends house in a small residential area on the outskirts of the town, surrounded

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James’ Story

We had moved to the Midlands from the South when I was 18 months old. With just my mum and my brother Adam. We finally got our new build home. I remember this time being very exciting, I remember going to see the house from the outside and looking over

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Jo’s Story

I knew this man for about a year. Let’s call him Ghostface. I met Ghostface at a restaurant while he was on his shift. That day I was actually on a date. My date was too busy watching a sports game on TV so Ghostface started chatting with me and

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A day in July
Survivor Stories

A Day In July

July 2015… 8 years later I still dread the month of July every year.  I never told anyone because I was scared of what people would think of me. I felt dirty, filthy, used and embarrassed. My skin didn’t feel like mine anymore, all I could feel was him all

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Kinder World
Survivor Stories

I Wish For A Kinder World

The gang rape for me wasn’t one event as a whole! it was divided into multi horrible, terrifying consecutive parts. It felt like I was the victim of a serial killer, except I was the target in all their attempts, one after the other. I lived that fear over and

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A Memory That Replays Every Time She Closes Her Eyes
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A Memory That Replays Every Time She Closes Her Eyes

97%. What’s the first thing that came to your mind? Hang onto that thought. You always hear those horror stories; the horror stories that get tossed around small towns that then pour into the next. Horror stories that people talk about so freely because “it won’t happen to me”. “Teenage

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Lynn's Story
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Lynn’s Story

Two weeks after asking for a separation I was woken up to the worst nightmare of my life. I remember shutting down during it and not mentally being there (I learned that coping mechanism from trauma in my childhood). I had to stay in the house for several months afterward

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The Long Way Home
Survivor Stories

The Long Way Home

Our brokenness is in our hearts. It is the starting point of our humanity. I’ll begin by saying that I have been married for sixteen years.  My wife Kathy and I have one son who is 15 years old.  I recently retired after a cumulative 46 years of working, much

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