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He Gave Me Two Black Eyes But…I Miss The Goo...

I had actually just got out of a relationship with a guy I had been with for 3 1/2 years and he broke my heart when he ended it. He wasn’t abusive at all, I just want that to be known. A month after we split up my cousin introduced me to my now husband. We started dating, nothing serious. I think I was just trying to get over my ex. Honestly I didn’t fall in love with him until we had our daughter. I just...

I Was The Pedophile’s Favorite

I was born into a family of abuse. My father was violent, emotionally, physically and when I turned 5, sexually. My mother was his enabler. She had two daughters from a previous marriage and they were the first victims in our home. At ten years old I finally told my mother. It took all of my strength to do it. I had practiced it for months and finally one day…. I just could not hold it in anymore. Imagine my surprise when...

My Friends Had No Clue What Was Going On In My Hom...

I am a thirty-six year old single african-american woman who is also a mother of two beautiful boys. I’ve been a mother since I was twenty-four years old. My next opportunity to do the mothering thing all over again came about in October 2011. That was the time I discovered that I was going to be a mother again. Approximately ten years since I’d had my first son. To give you some perspective here, I’d...

When Child Abuse Goes Unreported By Mom

She stood in the kitchen warming up dinner when she heard a knock at the door. She hesitated before opening it, wondering who would stop by unannounced in the middle of the week. Her eyes grew wide as she took in the sight on her front porch.  Moments later she was in handcuffs and taken away, charged with child endangerment. Marissa Scott*, 38, had been married to Lincoln* for 12 years. Before she met him, she had given...