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Stories of Strength

Survivors can find strength in sharing their stories with others.

 All names of survivors, children, and their abusers in these situations have been changed to protect their privacy and security.

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  • It Doesn’t Have to Define your Future But it Does Change the Rest of your Life

    It Doesn’t Have to Define your Future But it Does Change the Rest of your Life

    The year was 2002 and I had a wonderful life. I was happy-go-lucky with very little stress. I had gone through a divorce several years prior and had 50/50 custody (week on, week off) of my only child – a son, who was seven years old at the time. I had just purchased my first home on my own and was feeling proud of my big accomplishment.

  • It Hurts to Let Them Go But it Hurts More Having Them Abuse You

    It Hurts to Let Them Go But it Hurts More Having Them Abuse You

    I was in a relationship for about two and a half years with my former girlfriend, our first year together wasn't a walk in the park but like all relationships we had our ups and downs but we were in love. Slowly she started out by just pushing me around and she would punch the walls around me.

  • God Sends Angels to You When You Need Them the Most

    God Sends Angels to You When You Need Them the Most

    I was 16. I went to visit a few of my friends—friends I had known for a while and trusted. I sat on the couch watching TV. One of them, whom I had expressed interest in, began to kiss me. He asked the others to step outside so we could be alone.

  • Just When I Thought My Life Was Over...God Sent a Love My Way

    Just When I Thought My Life Was Over...God Sent a Love My Way

    I became a Mom at the age of 15 and I thought I would never meet a man who would not only love me but love her and I refused to be with someone that didn't welcome my baby (at 15 I knew she was the true love of my life).

  • He Made Me Feel So Low That I Felt Like He Didn’t Even Want Me ~

    He Made Me Feel So Low That I Felt Like He Didn’t Even Want Me ~

    All I really wanted was love. I had met this person who knew pain as well as I did and I thought he’d be the perfect match. Mainly because he knew what made him hurt and I knew what made me hurt and I figured we’d both work hard to stay away from hurting each other

  • I Had No Friends to Confide In

    I Had No Friends to Confide In

    I had known the guy who'd become my abuser and my ex boyfriend since I was in the fourth grade, when everything was harmless and it was just an elementary school crush. I'd become a sophomore in High School and was 15 before we reconnected, and finally got together that year.