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    Survivor Story: Amy Phoenix

    The struggle to end a marriage for good | Amy Phoenix could be considered a two-time survivor, a badge of honor that no one really wants to wear. Her first marriage... read more

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    Survivor Story: Caroline Abbott

    Her biggest regret is shielding her children from the truth | “The first years were good,” says Caroline Abbott of her 20-year marriage. It wasn’t until the last 10... read more

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    Survivor Story: Alyssa

    Looking back on her high school relationship, she knows she escaped an abusive future | Remember teenage love? All those wacky hormones and new feelings and butterf... read more

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    Survivor Story: Anna

    Enduring dating abuse in her 20s influenced what she wants her kids to know now | Dating someone in her 20s who was verbally and psychologically abusive isn’t somet... read more

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    Survivor Story: Beth Baumann

    This young college student didn’t realize she was raped until six weeks after it happened | Four years ago, Beth Baumann was a college freshman, 18 years old and aw... read more

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    Survivor Story: Nancy Virden

    'We don’t have to be defined by our history.' | As a child, Nancy Virden witnessed constant physical and emotional abuse that her father inflicted upon her ... read more

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    Survivor Story: Regina Rowley

    She couldn’t fight back against her father—now, she teaches women how to defend themselves | Her father’s typical implement of choice for disciplining her... read more

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    Survivor Story: One Abusive Husband Followed Another

    Nikki DeLaCruz wishes she would have seen the red flags earlier | Nikki DeLaCruz grew up with low self-esteem and little self-worth, the results of a trifecta of tr... read more

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    Survivor Story: Lorel Stevens

    Young, vulnerable and trusting, she lived through abuse hoping to find love | It started with comments about her clothing—her skirt was too short, and he didn... read more

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    Survivor Story: Jessica Houston

    How a once-stalked student is now helping other women with self-esteem issues | Jessica Houston was a bright teenager, despite her tumultuous childhood. She managed... read more

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    Survivor Story: Wendy*

    After 18 years of abuse, she found the strength to start her own business and author a book | They were driving to a wedding, from Michigan to South Carolina, when ... read more

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    Survivor Story: Kit Gruelle

    From nearly dead to devoting her life advocating for others | Kit Gruelle met her husband Jack in 1979. She was 22. “He was very charming and charismatic initially.... read more

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    Part II: Carie's Story of Survival

    Fired from her job, she decided to fight for other survivors’ rights | NOTE: Part I of the Carie Charlesworth story. Carie Charlesworth endured six years of emoti... read more

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    Survivor Story: Carie Charlesworth

    Wanting to keep her family together, she gave her abusive husband another chance | The first time Carie Charlesworth’s husband abused her was six years and four chi... read more