Breaking the Silence of Abuse

Testimonials of our brave survivors and open your heart to the pieces of them!

01 - Pieces Of Me.mp3

Chaplain Evalyn Lester-Roache ~ I greet you all in the Name of our Crucified, Buried, Risen Savior Jesus Christ who is coming again. I am Chaplain Evalyn Lester Roache. I am 57 years old biological mother of 4 Awesome children, and a stand in mom for many others whom I have provided care for. I am 24 year survivor Of Domestic Violence, Rape, & homelessness and a 50 year survivor of molestation at the hand of my piano teachers husband in 1964 thru 1965. In 1975 i met an individual who told me that he loved me and that he wanted to marry me. Little did i know that he was the devil in the flesh. At that time i could not see it. I was young and looking for love in all the wrong places. My life as I knew it took a downward spiral into a sunami. From 1975 to Thursday March 1st 1990 at 3:30 pm which was the GREAT DAY that I stood up for me and my 4 children and left the situiation. The abuse started with just a mere toss of a drink in my face and i said"Oh he was just drunk, at that moment I should have recognized the Red Flag, however I sank deeper and deeper into the darkness of Domestic Violence. Through my homeless and shame i grew closer to God and I knew that he had a calling on my life. As a result of my past , I was led by the Holy Spirit to form a women's ministry, which could be a safe place for women from all walks of life to come and pray, get prayer and share their most darkest secrets. In 2012 I became an ordained Chaplain and from that experience at the Chaplains Academy, I founded From Misery To Ministry Women's Ministry. August 27th 2012 was our first day on the prayer-line. I had 2 other sister to join me that morning and today we are 40 plus members 27 who are currently active. I give God all of the Glory ,Honor & Praise for he has surely turned my Misery into a Ministry. Feel free to join us every Monday thru Friday @ 7 am on the From Misery to Ministry Prayer-line .The number is 605-562-3000 access code 511603
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Tiara Stevens ~ At the age of 12 i was repeatedly raped by my father. I gave birth to a son who is not only my son but also my brother. he is now 15yrs old, this was in 1998 my father was charged in 2000 but didn't go to jail until 2013. He served 9mths in prison for this crime.
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Marshaune Montes ~ I have been molested, raped, violated both physically and mentally. Almost lost my life 3 times. I am a survivor of molestation, rape,domestic violence and attempted murder.
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Lisa Marshall ~ In November 2012 i got involved with this woman who i thought was my soul mate. we had talked on the phone for a couple of months and then we met in person in February 2013 and i knew i loved her and she felt the same way. but after i came back home that's when things changed she started cussing me out and hanging up the phone in my face and that's when the name calling began. and she stressed me out so bad that i ending up having a seizure and was in the hospital for four days.and i cried and asked God for guidance and that's when we broke up and that was the best thing that has ever happened. now i am a stronger woman.
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Tamika Sims ~ Tamika Sims is an author, advocate and survivor. Growing up she experienced molestation and incest. When she became an adult, she found herself victimized by a man who promised to love her. Tamika survived a physically, sexually and emotionally abusive relationship which almost cost her her life  - twice.
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Ondrea L. Davis ~ Ondrea L. Davis is a Washington, DC native and has 12-year old twin daughters and a 10-year old son.  She graduated in 2010 earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and received a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling in 2012.  Ondrea is an author with Foresight Publishing, co-authoring her debut novel, How could my husband be GAY?  She is also one of the contributing authors in the Weary & Will anthology.  She is currently working on two new projects to be released in 2014.  In addition to writing, Ondrea is an avid reader and reviews for Foresight Literary Lounge and Black Literature Magazine, and very active in her church.  For more information, please visit www.ondrealdavis.com.
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Sheryll Roberts ~ I was molested from the age of 4 til I was 15. I lived with low self esteem, no love for myself and hated every part of my existence. I didn't deal with my abuse until I was 28 because I felt it was better kept hidden than out in the open. But the more I kept silent the more I was dying emotionally, physically and mentally. Eventually I got tired of the abuse controlling me so I got the help I needed and forgave my perpetrators. Now I'm walking in purpose and being a voice for so many who are voiceless.
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Celeste Blackman ~ Survived a life of alcoholism, drugs and molestation.
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Angela Johnson ~ I was molested by my aunts son father. It began when I was 9 years old, he began to touch me sticking his hand down my pants feeling my private area saying he was checking to see if I still wet the bed, this began @ various family functions. Well we lived in a two family flat & my aunt lived downstairs from us, my mom had began working midnights @ the plant so she asked my aunt to keep an eye on us through out the night. Well instead of my aunt coming checking on my brother & I she sent her son's father. I would wake up out of my sleep paralyzed with fear because he was hovering over me with his fingers in my vagina. This continued for a while can't remember as to how long as I have suppressed a lot from my memory. One day I over slept in the morning after a visit from him the night before, my mom hadn't made it home yet and my brother was downstairs already with my aunt and cousins. Well again my aunt sent her son's father up to check on me, by this time I was up and getting dressed, I was in total fear when I saw him come in my room. I had this urgency in my spirit that I needed to get out of there because now it was going to go further, so in a panic flight mode I some how got pass him & flew down the back stairs that connected our homes. He was in flight behind me, all I know is the angels carried me down those stairs I ran so fast, I busted in my aunts door out of breath and shaking, I run to my aunt, and he comes in yelling I'm going to whip her a**!!! He went on to make up some lie, but my aunt was really about to allow this man to whip me and I'm standing there literally shaking, I felt betrayed!!! But GOD, my mom and one of my other aunts came walking in the door, I ran to my mom, and the both of them are trying to explain what's going on but my mom notices that I am shaking like a leaf, so she asks me what's wrong, & that's when I told it all!!! The only bad part my mom and aunt fought, my mom called her boyfriend, he came over & they both jumped on him, afterwards I didn't see him for about a year or so, but nothing happened to him, no prosecution, no jail time, & he still came around our family. I think that is what bothered me the most psychologically, we never discussed the situation, I never got counseling, no one ever asked me how I felt, so I was left to deal with this pain alone.
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Kristel Jewell Davis ~ I've been neglected, rejected, abandoned, abused. Malnourished, molested, ignored and used. I've been raped, more then once, bullied, even played for a fool. I was a teen runaway, on the streets of Detroit. I've been homeless at times. These two are similar, yet not quite the same. I've known starvation, sickness, so much disease, like depression, two forms of arthritis, ulcer's, migraine's. Insomnia, fibromyalgia, acid reflux disease just to name a few....there have been so many.I've been betrayed by so many, feed a lifetime of lies. I've been a drug dealer more then one time, I've even known addiction too.Anyone else notice how doctor's just love to throw pain pills at you? I am personally acquainted with every form of abuse. Shall I make a list for you ? There is verbal, mental, emotional abuse. Then there is physical, sexual, psychological and let's not forget self abuse.I am the face of trial and tribulation. I am the face of pain and suffering. Only God knows ALL these eyes have seen.This temporal world is cruel to say the lest. The enemy does all he can to blind your eyes to the truth of spiritual things. Well, let me tell you, that old serpent gave me his best, I fell for his tricks, played all his games. I dance with the devil and left him wanting....wanting to know, how I could break free from his hold....I looked the father of lies straight in the eyes and boldly declared, "I AM THE CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH KING! GOD LOVES ME...I may never know why, and that does not matter, BECAUSE I WAS CREATED TO SHINE! Thank God! Thank God! Thank God that some where along my long, dirty, beaten, broken, potholed road someone told me God love me and you know what HE LOVES YOU TOO! Trust and believe me when I say, NO MATTER WHAT THE ENEMY THROWS YOUR WAY....GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU TO FIND YOUR WAY HOME! He has prepared a feast for you and laid out jewels and fine robes. The Saints and Angel's are all prepared to celebrate your return when you get there. Home is in the heart, where God so does dwell. Please, never lose HOPE, hold on to your FAITH for all you suffer is a testimony of Grace. You can not earn it, it is not deserved yet Father God has grace in reserves. Believe in His gift, His only begotten Son, the blood of the Lamb is there for anyone who needs saved. Anyone who needs cleansed, just be sure to repent! Trust me, I know. I am a witness. Just look at the tears of joy in my eyes, or the smile on my face, I am living the blessed life freed by grace. Singing Glory, Honor and Praise to The Most High God today and everyday!
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Karen Washington ~ The straw the broke the camels back, in 2005 I was set on fire. 40% of my body was burned and the rest of my skin was used for skin grafts. long story short it has taken little over 7 years to recover physically and mentally. I'm no longer the victim, I am not the victor. "OUT OF THE ASHES"
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Rayna Gray ~ I am a survivor of domestic violence. I was in a relationship with a man that almost killed me. I had no self worth and it was the lowest point of my life. By the grace of God and I am alive today and I am a survivor. I am a social worker, domestic violence advocate and author.

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Danielle Richardson ~ I am 39 years old and the life of being a victim of abuse started very on. As a child I witness my mom being beat on daily. She was wonderful teacher and mother. Sadly on June 18,1991 at the age of 16 my brothers and I witness the brutal stabbing death of our mother. My brothers dad was her murderer. He did 2 weeks later in jail. With in a 3 months we lost our mom , dad and our grandmother who died from a broken heart. Life for me was already in shambles before my mom died I suffered from childhood depression and was molested at an early age. After my mom died life took many turns for me. It was hard fighting depression and flash backs . I was able to graduate from high school with honors but struggle through college. Some days it was too much for me to handle. As I enter to adulthood I was able to adopt one of my brothers and had children. Without any counseling after my mother death it was very hard for me to find real love. I had enter into one bad relationship after another. Domestic violence was an all time high for me .All around me was murder. Friends and family was being killed year after year. I begin to drink alot and before I knew I became a silent alcoholic. I would party and sleep my life away. I attempted suicide. The pain of life was too hard to deal with. What save me was my children. My two oldest children's father had been murdered in a home invasion in 2007. At that time they needed a mother to confront them and show them the way of forgiveness and healing. I was the only one who could give them this peace . It was then I sought help, I was able to find a church home and got counseling for me and my children. With all that help we are now a praying family and I am an advocate for domestic violence and homicide. I speak all over the state about my experiences and how I overcame violence. I have published a book called God Heard My Cries : The Deliverance. It talks about my journey from depression to victory. I encourage all to trust and believe that there are better days ahead. I went from having dooms days to victory years!

Listen to Danielle's story from January 16, 2014 here
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Jeanie Blair ~ Not ready to share just yet...bravo for being a survivor!
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Sakenia Pough ~ The Lord has blessed me to overcome childhood molestation, drug and physical abuse. My journey continues as I continue to grow into the woman God wants me to be. It is not easy, however I continue to face any pain and feelings that I may come across. I'm worth every single bit of energy I put into surviving.
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Fatimah Abdulmalik ~ I lived through 13 years of emotional abuse which at times can be worse than physical abuse. It took that long for me to fully realize that what I was experiencing was in fact abuse. I was able to move on and even trust and love again. However, the affects of emotional and mental abuse affect the very core of a person and you deal with aspects of it for the rest of your life.

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Caleb Devine ~ I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I grew up in the 1970's and I am the oldest of 4; 2 boys and 2 girls. Like many Afro-American families during that era, there was no father present. My mom was only 17 when she had me. Being a mother was not at the forefront of her to-do list and pretty soon, my mom became hooked on drugs. By age 9, I was left alone for sometimes 3 days or more at a time to care for my younger siblings. Child Protective Services stepped in eventually and took us all into custody. We were split up and sent to live with different foster families, except for my brother. He was sent to live at some place for kids with special needs because he had Cerebral Palsy. I was physically abused by the foster parents and the other foster siblings. Two of my siblings and I were ultimately adopted by one of my mom's distant cousins and the abuse got even worse because she was an alcoholic. I wound up running away and the streets became my home and later, prison.
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Dr. Linette Montae ~ Dr. Linette Montae is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and award winning results strategist who, for the past 20 years, has coached entrepreneurs from a variety of service-based industries.

On stage, online and in her community, you can find Dr. Montae helping successful high profile women Lead with Unapologetic Power™ and go From Fierce to Fortune™.

Dr. Montae also founded The International Movement to Empower More Youth because she “believes that given the right space, tools and training; ALL youth can succeed!”

On a more personal note, Dr. Montae has raised 2 biological and 12 therapeutic foster care children; and she loves purple, Cheetos Puffs and really cute shoes!

Dr. Montae is scheduled for January 16, 2013.  Please save the date and tune in!
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Debronda Jones ~ Love Doesn't Hurt!!
February 8, 2012 at 1:18pm

I prayed about this for a long time. Wondering why so many are being hurt by those that say they love them. So I promised God I would share my story to save a life.

I am a single mother of 3 and proud grandmother of a very intelligent grandson. I'm also a Survivor of a long life of Domestic Violence. I dated my abuser in high school and he was the best u could ask for in a man until I had his child and decided to have my own mind. The 1st time he hit me was because I wanted to buy something and he said no. So I asked to take me home. I arrived home and go out the car w/o saying good night. I went in the house and didn't know he followed me inside. I turn around and there he was this angry look that scared me so bad I didn't know what to do. Then out of no where I felt this pain on the right side of my face. He had slapped me so hard I was in shock. He punched me several more times until his little brother came and pulled him off me. And while all of this was going on my 2 daughters, my mom and my sister and her young friends were present but didn't know what to do. My kid where very young so this was very scary for my oldest who at the time was 4 my baby girl was a few weeks old. He left I didn't press charges and he called and apologized and I took him back. My mom said we needed time to cool down. So I went to my older sister’s house and didn't tell him where I was. When he found me he beat me up again saying I was cheating on him. My sister kept telling me to call the police and I didn't know what he might do if I did. He apologized again and didn't hit me again for about a year.

This is what’s called the honeymoon stage of Domestic Violence!

Love Doesn't Hurt!! Pt2
February 19, 2012 at 1:44pm

It was a year later and my mom had moved into her own place and left me in the old apartment things between me and my boy friend were going great( so I thought). One day he came over and brought one of his friends from high school with him and we were all sitting around talking and he had been out drinking with this friend and he was suppose to take the baby girl who was now 1 yrs old home with him and we got into it about his drinking and he slapped me and I hit him back. While this was going on I had my baby in my arms, He hit me with something that cut my arm up. I got really angry and cussed him and told him he wasn't a real man and he grabbed me by the throat and choked me till I almost passed out. I gathered enough strength and hit him over the head with one of the old Bellsouth rotary dial phones and I kept hitting him until he let me go and I had broken the phone into pieces and the bell inside it was all that was left. I called the police this time and they said it was nothing they could do, because when he spent the night two days earlier he left a few of his items. And the whole time this was going on his friend sat and watched (which was the one who had told him that's how you handle women). I broke up with him and decided I would just be single for a while and get myself together, but I found out that I was pregnant again with my third child. We sat down and talked and decided we were going to try and make this work for the sake of our children (big mistake kids are the reason you shouldn't be together, you only end up causing them problems when all they see is violence on a consistent basis). For the nine months I was pregnant everything was great and then I had my son and had to move back in with my mom. We had decided to just be friends. But being friends to him meant something totally different than what it meant to me. He could do what he wanted and date and go out but I wasn’t to do that. One night I went out with a friend girl of mine and she had been drinking and wasn't in any shape to drive me home so her male cousin did and my ex was sitting at my house waiting on me and as soon as I got out of the car and walked down the side walk he jumped out and beat me up real bad some of my neighbors saw what was going on and called out and he ran they called the police and my mom took me to the ER. I had a fractured jaw and 4 of my ribs where almost broken. I came home and my mom said I had to do something about this or I had to find somewhere to go. I didn't know who would take me and 3 kids in so I went along with my mom's rules. He couldn't come to her house and if he wanted to see the kids his family had to pick them up for him. He went to jail and had to take a class. I thought this would change the way he treated me so I again took him back.
Ladies this is the stage where we think we can change them so we hang in there a little long because we don't want to be alone. At this point we need to seek some help for ourselves because there is something going on with us that has us holding on to someone that could and in some causes almost kill us, and we don't see that this type of behavior can cause us our life if we don't get out. We can not change them or their behavior they are responsible for them.`
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Denise Shifflett ~ I've never seen anything as horrific as child abuse, unless you want to count the unjust system that rapes children again and let's pedophiles walk away to continue they're evilness we went through the system it's not about right or wrong, its about money. (Victim of Rape)
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Anonymous ~ I am a survivor of rape. My cousin attempted to molest me when I was 10yo by putting a gun to my head and even though there my grandmother was in the next room and with me screaming at the top of my lungs no one came to my rescue i was only able to get away by kicking him in the nuts and running and hiding. my second life changing moment came when I was 17 by my bf. He accused me of cheating and held me captive in his room while he repeatedly rape me for over 3 hours when I was able to get free I ran around his apartment complex(because he took my keys and cell phone) screaming for help but no one would help me they all turned away from me I felt so helpless. It took me a while to recover for a while I was in a dark place not really caring about myself or anyone else I rebelled against everything quit college, pulled away from my family started drinking heavily even though I was under age, I smoked a pack of blacks(5 in a pack) everyday, I wouldn't go to work. I slipped into a depression and it took me getting pregnant 2 years later to get my life on track. Since the birth of my daughter I have received 3 AS degrees and 1 BS degree, I've held a job at the same company for 6 years. I like to think my daughter saved my life, even though when my family found out I was pregnant no one wanted me to keep her but they didn't realize my baby was the only thing that kept me alive and well. I have overcome many obstacles but this one still haunts me every now and then. I spoke with a psychiatrist but he was no help he told me to overcome my rape I should have a one night stand so I chose another route and that was to cure myself. But realistically I know I have not dealt with these issues this is the first time I have told anyone about this . But I have decided to become a survivor and not a victim.
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Ada Gonzales ~ I've been in an abusive relationship for 19 years and i endured it for the sake of my children but now that they're grown ups i know they would understand why this should be put to an end.
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Andrea Provost ~ Hello my name is Andrea when i was 13 yrs old i was raped by 2 close relatives it bothered me for years i told my mother and she didn't believe me. thank God my father did he came with me to the hospital and all me and my mother's relationship is much better now that i am older. I was 19-24 yrs old i became involved with a older man he was very abusive mentally and physically for 5 yrs i stayed he had me thinking no one loved me . he harassed me everytime he saw me for a long time after i left. Had a proective order and the police acted like they couldn't find him. Thank God i have been married to a wonderful man and have 3 sons thar are almost grown we have ups and downs but we are in this together but at the time i was goinng through this we didn't talk much about this and we didn't have groups like this either i thank you for this group and a place we can be free to talk about what happen. many times i still look back and think about all that has happen to me but i somehow found a way to escape thanks for letting me share.

Andrea will be on the show Dec. 12, 2013.  Please save the date and tune in!
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Tracey McLean ~ I was a Victim Now The one who helps who saves who understands!

Listen to Tracey's story Here
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Carnetha Leech ~ From the age of 18 until just before my 29th birthday me and my daughter were in an abusive relationship with her father. The brunt of the abuse was to me; mental, physical,sexual and emotional. I broke the cycle 4/25/2007 and have been free since then. He's currently serving a 30year sentence for domestic violence. I thank God for bringing us out of this situation. I want to be a voice for those that have/are going through this. it was hard for me because he alienated me from my family and church; I couldn't see them or talk to them. It broke my heart and with no outlet to go to I stayed. Having a 9mm to your head and being told that I will kill you if you contact your family. Talking about scary.....Through it all i continued to trust in Jesus to see me out of it. Now I'm married to a God fearing man and he loves and adores me and our daughters. Thank you for allowing me to share this testimony.
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Kathy Koth ~ I am not a victim!! I am and will always be a survivor!!

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Breneika Blount ~ Happy, Healthy & Stronger than ever!! No ones Victim!
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Cherita Pierce ~ I'm a former victim of domestic violence also. In 2002, at 4 months pregnant, the father beat & choked me on & off for hours one day. When I tried to fight back, he pulled out a gun & stuck it in my face & threatened to kill me & my other two children. By the grace of God, I was able to talk me & my kids out of that house that day. He never harmed them but I did lose his baby I was carrying. As soon as we got out of that house, I called the police & had him arrested. He did 5 yrs for what he did to me. (I think it should've been longer) Now I REFUSE to put up with any domestic violence verbal or physical! If you let them get away with it once, they WILL do it again!

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Marilyn Brown ~ I'M A SURVIVOR.. THIS IS MY STORY. I SUFFERED FROM THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION FOR MORE THEN TWENTY YEARS. DURING WHICH TIME I'VE EXPERIENCED MANY THINGS SUCH AS DOMESTIC VOILENCE, JAIL, AND HOMELESSNESS. IT'S THROUGH GODS GRACE AND MERCY I CAN TELL IT.

Marilyn will be on the show Dec. 5, 2013.  Please save the date and tune in!
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Yuoranda Walker ~ Yuoranda was sexually abused by her stepfather from about age 6-7 to age 16. She was also raped in the 9th grade as well as an adult. Because of her abuse, rape, and the fact that her mother did not protect her after finding out of the abuse, Yuoranda began to cut herself, drink and fell into a deep depression. She was suicidal and wanted to end it all. But by the grace of God, she was able to overcome and thus became a Survivor of her abuse and rape.

Yuoranda will be on the show Dec. 5, 2013.  Please save the date and tune in!
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Rosslyn Johnson ~   It is quite usual for women to sit around and reminisce about past relationships. Especially the ones that leave a bitter taste in your mouth. There are a lot of things that I wish I could forget. And lots of things I still carry in my heart. Troubling times force me to revisit the stains of my past. Maybe I'm sitting at home on the couch and I'm watching something on television that sparks a memory of when, then I remember in candid detail what happened to me long back then. As a mother of four daughters, I'm very observant of their behavior patterns. We have an open window relationship where they can share whatever they wish with me. No matter the day or hour. However, recently a story was told to me in third person. I wondered if the story should have been narrated in first. As she delved deep into the plot I began wondering if she was the friend. This concern inspired me to want to share one of my many past stories. I didn't know how or where to start. All I knew was just like the birds and the bees I had to tell her my story. At the end of my tell-tale; I realized I’M A SURVIVOR. And this is my story.

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Sabrina Harris ~ I am the survivor of domestic violence to include mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

I endured years of degradation and devastation, but I ultimately left for good in 2010, and I never looked back.

I am a living testimony that there is life and love after the pain. ~ Sabrina ~
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Aija Butler ~ I am a survivor of many things. I am a survivor or child molestation, a survivor of self-mutilation, illness and recovery, later to be abused domestically both physically and mentally. I share my stories in the pages of my writes. Writing helps me face and heal these wounds.

Aija will be on the show Dec. 5, 2013.  Please save the date and tune in!
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Laura Johnson ~ I met him in 2003. From the first look into his eyes, I knew there was something wrong about him. But I thought that maybe he just had his wall up. I had mine up too. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The first three months was the honeymoon phase. We spent every day together. I wasn't used to that, but I went along with it anyway. After the third month he began to change and I found out things about him that both shocked and devastated me. For instance, his drug problem. I couldn't believe that he had hidden it so well. By then I was in love with him and figured that I could change him. That was my biggest mistake! Over the course of two years, there were rapes and beatings for any and everything, especially when I wouldn't give him money. He even raped me while his neice and nephew were in the next room when the only thing that separated us was a current. I tried with all my might not to let them hear me. Our final fight happened in a park. I wanted to break up and of course he was against it. He beat me as we sat in my car. Between punches I saw a man walk by my car without even looking my way. There is no way he didn't hear my screams. I didn't want him to jump in (he was an elderly man), I hoped he would call the police. But he didn't. By then my abuser had dragged me from the car and told me to head for the woods. I knew then that I would never be seen again. Somehow I talked him into going to a motel. I told him I needed to stop at the bank first. When I got in the bank I told one of the tellers what happened and she hid me in the bathroom and called the police. When she came and got me the police had already put him in the car. The police explained to me that the law in Tennessee had been changed and that he would be automatically charged. I wish I knew more then about the law. I would have done more. He was released a week later. For the next five years he stalked me. He stood in front of my home, at times I thought he was following me. It is now 2013 and I still get letters from him in jail (he is there on other charges). He says that God has blessed our marriage (we were never married.) In 2011, I published my first book based on my story. I wanted others to see that they are not alone in this. "There is life after abuse."
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Meladi McNair ~
I am no longer ashamed.
I am bold.
I am brave.
I am a survivor.
I am... YOU.

Let's stand up together!
I use my heART (heart and art) to spread the message of healing and forgiveness.
What is you weapon to combat abuse?
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LJ Thomas ~ At a time when "date-rape" was thought to be an impossibility, it happened to me twice. I never saw it coming. But I know what to look for now.

LJ will be on the show Dec. 5, 2013. Please save the date and tune in.

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CZ Taylor ~ I'm a survivor of mental abuse physical abuse and psychological abuse. . people take kindness for weakness. . and sad thing is . . if someone can break you down. . it makes you feel like your not good for life itself. . but like i say I'm proud to be a survivor. . and I'll BE damned if I'll allow anything like that or worse happen on my watch. . I'm not that teenager anymore. . I'm almost 6 ft 5 and280 plus pounds. . we ALL need to STAND TOGETHER AS ONE. . AND HELP THOSE THAT ARE STUCK IN THAT HUGE RUT! TOGETHER WE ALL SHALL OVERCOME:-)

CZ Taylor will be on the show January 12, 2013. Please save the date and tune in!

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Dyphia Blount ~ I am a survivor of Domestic Violence (mental abuse) where I was made to feel like I wasn't worth anything.  My self-esteem was shot to zero and the only thing that kept me living was my children.  I was molested from age 11-15 by family members (people I thought I loved and trusted).  I was raped by my ex-boyfriend at age 17 and all of this while enduring the neglect of my mother who had been on drugs since I was 15. I dropped out of high school at age 17 to raise my sister as my own so Social Services wouldn't take her away.  I started drinking heavily when I was 22, but realized that God had so much more planned for me and I was not going to let my grandmother, who was watching me from Heaven, down.   I am not a victim, I am a survivor!

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Vanessa Thompson ~ My ex-husband was an abuser from beating to mental abuse. It started before the marriage even become. I went through years of the same thing day after day. I decided to move on without knowledge I needed to. I got a really nice job with the Federal Government and got my life together.

Vanessa will be on the show January 23, 2014.  Please save the date and tune in!

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Nikki Williams ~ As a teen I was abused by sons dad I manage to escape but barely I am a strong believer of helping others overcome.abuse.

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Benjamin Janey ~ I have been on both sides of the coin and came to the realization that a we cannot change our ways until we change our minds.

Benjamin will be on the show December 12, 2013. Make sure you save the date and tune in!

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Genene Garmin ~

Through her story, Genene G. knows the pain of child abuse. She is a woman that went through the pain of abuse. Inside of her, burns the fire of a thousand suns. That was her secret. On the outside she is soft, delicate, and beautiful meant to be protected, cherished, cared for, and looked after. She was somebody’s little girl. No one came to help her.  Now she wants to help children like her. "The wounded knows the wounded".

Today, her secret reality is public knowledge and the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Her past is a story about a little girl’s struggle to cope with the trials of growing up in an abusive household,being held against her will, & becoming a teen mom.

It is a story of a teen’s misadventure in drugs, establishing relationships, and life in the adult industry,as well as a tale of a woman’s unbelievable journey that involves sacrifice, reflection, and heartbreak.  Whether bound by emotion, or captivated by experience, there remains only one fundamental truth for this woman. You can choose the road you travel, but they all have a price, and nothing is ever free.

Genene G. is a 33-year old business woman from the Midwest who got her start at the very young age of 12, on the streets alone. She opened one of the biggest adult entertainment businesses, though also was involved with real estate & investing. Her ability to adapt to any situation and keen eye for opportunity has allowed her to take advantage of all this world has to offer. The rewards, however, do not come without hard work and hardship.

Recently, Genene G. has decided to come forward and tell her story to the world, but she would only do it in a way that would help people, especially teens, understand the choices and responsibilities that they have to each other and themselves.

Drugs, sex, relationships, and money are aspects of life that directly influence the behavior of us all, and her decision to do this has proven without a doubt that it is never too late to change. Genene G. has given her life to God, & is now happier then ever. She has found peace & healing with her calling.

www.Pricelessdiamonds.org

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Lisa Perry ~ if I hadn't gone thru it .. I wouldn't be who I am today.... the physical scars heal but the emotional and mental never do.

Lisa endured Domestic Violence (mental & physical)

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Samantha Soward ~ I was molested starting at the age of 8 thru the age of 12 by my mothers live in boyfriend. I was in a mentally abusive marriage as well for ten years.. I have been a survivor all of my life but no longer a victim but a victorious woman!

Samantha will be on the show January 9, 2014 so please save the date and tune in!

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Kelly Fields ~ Was molested at age 9 by his sister's friend for over 2 years.  He became an alcoholic at age 11 and a man before his time, but his sister wasn't going to let his predator get away with what she did to her little brother.  When she saw the police weren't taking the incident seriously, she took matters into her own hands by beating up the woman (who was about 20 at the time).  When she caught this person in the act again, she fought her again and this time the police picked her up.  She ended up doing 6 1/2 years in prison thanks to Kelly breaking the silence of abuse!

Listen to Kelly's story Here

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Tremayne Moore ~ My uncle came to live with us in 1982. I was 8 years old. He was 10 years old and my mom’s half-brother. He made my life a living hell. Because he often made me do things forbidden by my parents, I’d have to submit to whatever he wanted so that he would not tell on me. He asked for much more than an 8-year-old should ever have to do. Most of the time, if I complied he would not tell. But, sometimes he’d tell on me either way. In August of 1984, my uncle took his hellish behavior a step farther by initiating sex with me. I didn’t think anything of it and submitted to his request. He used the sexual abuse to control and manipulate me.

I was vastly relieved when my uncle stated that he wanted to go back home to his mom the following year. Not long afterwards, I told a classmate in confidence what my uncle did to me. In my youthful innocence I thought it was done in fun and games. It wasn’t. To my utter shock and disbelief, everything I told my classmate had spread throughout the school! The next thing I knew; I was sitting in the principal’s office telling the school administrator and my parents what my uncle did to me. I didn’t tell them everything. I lied saying that it only happened once. I was afraid that I’d get in trouble.


My uncle had manipulated everyone to the point that even my own parents assumed me to be a natural-born liar. Unfortunately, the abuse didn’t stop, as sadly my abuser had changed. During the summer of 1985, a female relative took me into the kitchen and began oral sex. I was still scarred and frightened; because of what my uncle had done to me. She then led me down to the basement stating that she was going to teach me how to have sexual relations; her words and deeds were vile and repulsive to me. I was still very afraid but after about 5 minutes, I loosened up and surrendered to her. My 11-year-old body was being abused during my two weeks visit with them.


The next year, my uncle was failing in school again and my mother wanted to bring him back into the house. My sister and I protested vehemently but we lost. My mother told me that what my uncle did wouldn’t happen again and I still had to love him. Her reasoning made me angry. Eventually the sexual abuse by my uncle did stop, unfortunately the physical and verbal abuse didn’t. I did tell my parents about the abuse, but he would say something else and I’d get in trouble for lying. Two years after graduating from high school, I enlisted in the military. During my time in the military, I told my parents the truth about my uncle abusing me and then I gave my life to the Lord. I was 22 years old.


Since November of 1986 until now, I have remained celibate and am very determined to stay that way until I’m married. Throughout everything, I can say that I can count my life experiences—the good and the bad—all joy. My uncle’s violation of me was detestable as was that of my female relative. I’ve often wonder had she not taken advantage of me; would I think what my uncle did to me was normal. I also know that the inspiration for my novel “Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid” is based on the pain of my childhood abuse as it is a fictionalized version of my childhood. I know my story and that of my main character shall help others heal. My testimony is why I write.

Tremayne is scheduled to be on the show January 16, 2014 so save the date and tune in!

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Alissa Jones ~ I have my personal Testimony of being molested at the age of 11 at the hands of a man my mother offered a place to stay in our basement in hopes of relieving some of the financial burden since her divorce and living with this secret for 23 years..  My thoughts were how can I impact others to " Unlock their Voice" and begin the healing process and Forgive... Using this platform to help others have been my joy & therapeutic for me. And as I work on my Full Story The Stones that Built me Strong I look forward to helping even more women...

Listen to Alissa's story Here

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Joyce Reed ~ I am the VOICE for MANY and I am hear to SPEAK for the ones that are ASHAMED, EMBARRASSED and SCARED.

Biography:  Joyce lives life to the fullest like tomorrow isn’t promised and tries to spread her story to the world to help others and relate too many. Joyce has touched so many hearts and lives along the way.

Description: I am sharing my story with you, so others, who have judged me without knowing the silent pain that I carried, will finally understand. “Never judge a book by its cover, first open it and read it.” So as the Bible says, I am making it plain, and writing it on tablets--making my life that open book; a book that includes a vision of hope, faith and victory that many desire, but few have claimed.

Listen to Joyce's story Here
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Jina Love ~ Was involved in an abusive relationship with her son's father who was using drugs and caused her son to be taken away.
 

Listen to Jina's story Here
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Imanni Gaye ~ Was gang raped by her boyfriend and 3 of his friends.  It was all set up by her best friend who sat on the phone and listened to the assault.


Listen to Imanni's story Here