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Sexual Assault Survivors Share Their Stories

Posted by Sandra On June - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

downloadFrom institutional failures on college campuses to public accusations made against high-profile celebrities, the pervasiveness of rape culture has dominated the headlines for the past year, proving that sexual assault knows no gender and has no age. For many survivors, the complex feelings of trauma, shame and powerlessness that accompany an assault can be followed by silence. For some, that silence lasts decades. READ MORE HERE – WATCH VIDEO HERE

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Jep Claims He Was Molested

Posted by Sandra On June - 8 - 2015 Comments Off on ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Jep Claims He Was Molested

Jep Robertson Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse

downloadDuck Dynasty star Jep Robertsonhas come forward to reveal his own claims of sexual abuse, and RadarOnline.com has all the details. Robertson, now 37, told Entertainment Tonight he was molested by an older student when he was just a child. “I was 6 and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl,” Robertson told ET. “Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was this girl there that was just real mean…I don’t know, but it was a lot of things took place — scary stuff. It was tough.” READ MORE HERE

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Jep Robertson Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse Claims

Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson reveals he was molested by an older girl at just six-years-old

Survivor Twins Speak Out About “Children of God” Cult

Posted by Sandra On May - 31 - 2015 Comments Off on Survivor Twins Speak Out About “Children of God” Cult

Twin girl were physically abused, told they would die at 12, and banned from attending school

29360BF900000578-3104015-image-a-18_1433023190903As children growing up in a controversial religious sect, they spent every day ‘paralyzed by fear’. They were physically abused, banned from school and told they would die as martyrs aged 12. But now, twin sisters Flor and Tamar Edwards, 34, have escaped from The Children of God cult and are both living and working in California – one as a freelance writer, the other as a yoga teacher. They have opened up to ABC’s Nightline about their lives inside the sect – which blended free love attitudes with preparing for the second coming of Jesus – and their transition to the outside world. READ MORE HERE

Survivor: ” I Was Raped And Pregnant At 12-Years-Old”

Posted by Sandra On March - 4 - 2015 Comments Off on Survivor: ” I Was Raped And Pregnant At 12-Years-Old”

rapeabortionWhile walking near her home 23 years ago, 12-year-old Lianna Rebolledo was abducted and brutally raped by two men. “It was very violent,” she said. “I honestly thought they were going to kill me.” After the attack, no length of a shower could make her feel clean; she felt like what had happened to her was her fault and that she had no value. A suicide attempt landed her in the hospital, where a doctor told her the last thing she expected to hear — she was pregnant. The doctor encouraged Rebolledo to have an abortion, telling her it was her right to do so, so she wouldn’t have a constant reminder of the attack. However, the young, fragile girl had the acumen to ask her doctor one important question: Would an abortion ease her pain and help her forget about her rape? READ MORE HERE

 

My Father Raped Me, Forced Me To Have Home Abortion

Posted by Sandra On February - 20 - 2015 Comments Off on My Father Raped Me, Forced Me To Have Home Abortion

‘He forced me to have a home abortion': Daughter reveals she fell pregnant twice and gave birth to a son after being raped by her FATHER … as she finally sees her attacker jailed

capture-20150220-162330A woman who was abused by her father and went on to have his baby has revealed she is starting to rebuild her life after her attacker was jailed. Hollie Davey, 26, from Essex, was abused, molested and raped as a young girl by Paul Davey falling pregnant with his child twice – the first she lost after he carried out a home abortion. She tracked him down at the age of 13 after being raised by an adoptive family. Speaking for the first time about her ordeal since her father was jailed, Miss Davey said she will ‘never get over’ what he did to her after he stole her childhood away from her. READ MORE HERE

 

Woman Discovers Her Boyfriend Is A Pedophile

Posted by Sandra On February - 16 - 2015 Comments Off on Woman Discovers Her Boyfriend Is A Pedophile

carolinewalsh_featuredA woman was shocked to discover that her boyfriend of nearly 10 years was a pedophile after finding child porn images on his computer, but she was even more disturbed when police informed her that he had been secretly filming her teenage daughter in her bedroom and bathroom for years. Reports say that 49-year-old Caroline Walsh discovered the shocking images on 39-year-old Martyn Darlington’s computer, and upon reporting it to police who then began an investigation, authorities soon informed her that they found video footage of her daughter on his computer. READ MORE HERE

Child Abuse Survivor Was Raped, Tortured, Starved, Kept Inside Closet For 5-Years

Posted by Sandra On February - 15 - 2015 Comments Off on Child Abuse Survivor Was Raped, Tortured, Starved, Kept Inside Closet For 5-Years

Lauren-Kavanaugh-665x385TEXAS – Lauren Kavanaugh was raped, tortured, starved, and forced to live in a closet for five years. Kavanaugh was 3-years-old when her mother and step-father first locked her inside a 4-foot by 9-foot closet. They also withheld food and only allowed her to see the light of day when she was taken out to be abused. The Athens, Texas, woman, now 21, is currently attending community college and studying to be a counselor for abused children. Lauren Kavanaugh was rescued from the nightmare ordeal after her mother and stepfather shared their “little secret” with a neighbor. The horrified neighbor quickly alerted police and the child was rushed to the hospital. READ MORE HERE

 

Adult Survivor: Raped At Age 5, Justice Finally Served

Posted by Sandra On February - 14 - 2015 Comments Off on Adult Survivor: Raped At Age 5, Justice Finally Served

25A4335400000578-2952138-image-m-3_1423825775412A mother has spoken of the horrifying childhood ordeal in which she was raped on a school bus at the age of five by her aunt’s boyfriend – who threatened to kill her if she exposed him. Rebecca Leyland, now 22, fell victim to bus driver Frederick Roskell – who targeted her on the back seats before taking her to a graveyard and threatening: ‘If you tell anyone I’ll bury you next to them.’ She has bravely decided to share her harrowing story in the hope that more child victims will gain the courage to report their abusers – even years down the line. READ MORE HERE

 

Child Sex Abuse Survivor’s Open Letter To Her Molester

Posted by Sandra On February - 3 - 2015 Comments Off on Child Sex Abuse Survivor’s Open Letter To Her Molester

downloadOn Friday, May 17th, 2010-Amanda Rodgers was sworn in as an advocate for abused and neglected children involved with the juvenile court system. As a CASA volunteer, Rodgers completed 35 hours of training, but her credentials for compassion come from life experience.

I was step-daddy’s little sex toy, and a prisoner in the one place that I should have been the most safe and  protected,” explains Rodgers. “I didn’t have anyone there for me, but I have vowed to be there for others. Even if  I can help just one child, and be their voice, they will know they aren’t alone.

Amanda Rodgers took pen to paper, and wrote an open letter to the man whom she alleges repeatedly molested her, stole her innocence, and denied her a childhood.  She shared it with me, and with her permission, I’m sharing it with you. Brace yourself.

READ AMANDA’S LETTER HERE

Woman: My Father Abused, Raped and Impregnated Me

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2015 Comments Off on Woman: My Father Abused, Raped and Impregnated Me

2515AE7700000578-2926598-image-a-63_1422285874036 (1)A woman has shared the shocking story of how she was sexually abused by her father and had his baby when she was a teenager. Helen Rees (not her real name) agreed to appear on today’s This Morning and be interviewed by presenters Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley on the condition she would not be identified. Speaking to them with her face turned away from the cameras, she revealed how she and her younger sister and older brother grew up In Ireland in fear of their father. READ MORE HERE

 

Survey Showed Many Men Don’t Think Rape is Rape

Posted by Sandra On January - 16 - 2015 Comments Off on Survey Showed Many Men Don’t Think Rape is Rape

13-rape-wording.w529.h529Pollsters have long known that the phrasing of a question can significantly affect how respondents answer it — think about the language battle over “pro-life” and “anti-choice.” So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that this applies to sexual assault: Both men and women will offer different responses to questions about rape depending on whether you use the word rape itself or describe the act in question. But it’s still weird how big some of the resulting gaps are. This isn’t actually a new finding. In a recent study on male college students’ attitudes toward rape led by Sarah Edwards of the University of North Dakota and published in Violence and Gender, the authors cite research first conducted in the 1980s. READ MORE HERE

18-YO Talks About Dating Her Father

Posted by Sandra On January - 16 - 2015 Comments Off on 18-YO Talks About Dating Her Father

18-Year-Old Opens Up About Dating Her Biological Father

dating-558x279A woman who recently opened up to New York Magazine’s Science of US Blog about dating her dad says she doesn’t understand “being judged for being happy” and is hoping her interview will help shed some light on what it’s like being in as unconventional relationship as the one she and her biological father are in. Explaining how the two began dating, the anonymous 18-year-old said she didn’t really know her father until recently. She was conceived on prom night when her parents were 18 and even though they continued to date throughout the pregnancy, they had broken up by the time she was born. After that the father was out of her life, except for a brief period when she was around five years old. Several years later, when the girl was 17, her dad resurfaced and they began chatting online. Realizing they had a lot of things in common, they decided to meet in person and it was then that the girl started feeling that this wasn’t just any father-daughter reunion. READ MORE HERE

Sex Abuse Survivor: ‘My Dad Raped Me Because He Couldn’t Afford a Prostitute’

Posted by Sandra On January - 9 - 2015 Comments Off on Sex Abuse Survivor: ‘My Dad Raped Me Because He Couldn’t Afford a Prostitute’

2488CBCD00000578-2903329-image-m-33_1420807562413Sunderland, U.K. – A woman whose father raped her because he ‘couldn’t afford a prostitute’ has finally spoken out about her ordeal to encourage other victims to prosecute their abusers. Sylvia Prescott, from Sunderland, was tormented by her parent Oliver Garside while she was a teenager but kept the abuse secret for nearly 30 years. The 47-year-old couldn’t bring herself to go to the police while her grandmother was still alive for fear that the details of the case would upset her. READ MORE HERE

 

NFL Michael Sam Tells Oprah Heartbreaking Childhood Bullying Story

Posted by Sandra On December - 27 - 2014 Comments Off on NFL Michael Sam Tells Oprah Heartbreaking Childhood Bullying Story

imagesComing out as a gay athlete takes courage — just ask Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. In his first television interview since being cut from the Dallas Cowboys, Sam opens up to Oprah about the painful experiences he endured as a child. One of eight children, Sam grew up in the small town of Hitchcock, Texas. Of his five brothers, one was killed, and another was declared dead after going missing. Sam says his remaining older brothers were always getting into trouble and known around town as the “damn Sams.” READ MORE HERE

Mother: My Son Was Groomed Online, Molested by Four Men

Posted by Sandra On December - 1 - 2014 Comments Off on Mother: My Son Was Groomed Online, Molested by Four Men

bbcd3e4afa2189ecf3231c0f73c0f54bYour child being abused is every parents worst nightmare, but for one couple, it was happening right under their nose in their own home. Ben was just 13 when he became the victim of online grooming and ultimately sexual abuse by four adult men. His parents, increasingly concerned about his reclusive behavior, only discovered what was happening when they overheard a late night phone call between Ben and his abusers. What followed is a harrowing tale of not only unwinding the psychological control the groomers had over their son, but a struggle to get support and to see the abusers convicted. READ MORE HERE

 

Mother Who Turned Avenger

Posted by Sandra On November - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Mother Who Turned Avenger

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Joanne turned detective in her quest for justice for her son

Cuddling his tiny nephew in his arms, Norman Shepherd looks every inch the doting uncle as, by his side, the baby’s mother proudly looks on. It is the sort of casual but intimate snapshot that graces countless family albums, yet today Joanne Fowler can hardly bear to look at the photograph. Once that young mother in the picture, now — years later — she is still coming to terms with the horrific betrayal it represents. READ MORE HERE

 

Mike Tyson Reveals He Was Sexually Abused As A Child

Posted by Sandra On October - 31 - 2014 Comments Off on Mike Tyson Reveals He Was Sexually Abused As A Child

Claims he was ‘snatched off the street’ by a stranger in Brooklyn

1414707643186_wps_21_NEW_YORK_NY_OCTOBER_29_MiMike Tyson has revealed he was sexually abused by a stranger when he was a child growing up in Brooklyn. The 48-year-old said during a radio interview on Wednesday that the molestation took place when he was seven. ‘He snatched me off the street,’ the boxing legend said during a visit to SiriusXM’s Opie Radio show. ‘I was a little kid…[he was an] old man.’ READ MORE HERE

 

Brooke Shields Recalls Troubled Childhood in New Memoir

Posted by Sandra On October - 23 - 2014 Comments Off on Brooke Shields Recalls Troubled Childhood in New Memoir

1414072380788_wps_2_FILE_NOVEMBER_6_Teri_ShieShe shot to fame with a provocative Calvin Klein ad campaign in the seventies and starring roles in the films The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love in the eighties. Yet behind the glitz and glamour that accompanied her celebrity, Brooke Shields recalls a childhood that was overshadowed by her mother’s dependency on alcohol. In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir There Was A Little Girl the 49-year-old has turned the spotlight on her relationship with her mother Teri Shields, who passed away at the age of 79 in 2012. READ MORE HERE

Hollywood Actor Alan Cumming Reveals Violent Childhood

Posted by Sandra On October - 9 - 2014 Comments Off on Hollywood Actor Alan Cumming Reveals Violent Childhood

Hollywood star reveals he suffered horrific child abuse

456758998_1Hollywood actor Alan Cumming has revealed the horrific abuse he suffered as a child, at the hands of his father. The X Men star has opened up about his troubled childhood in his new autobiography, Not My Father’s Son. The Scottish actor talks in detail about his tough upbringing, and says that his father Alex, who died in 2010, used to beat him throughout his childhood. In one particularly troubling chapter, Alan recalls a time when his father held him down and cut his hair off with a pair of clippers used for shaving sheep.  “My head was propelled forward by his hand, the other one wielding a rusty pair of clippers that he used on the sheep. They were blunt and dirty and they cut my skin, but my father shaved my head with them, holding me down like an animal,” wrote Alex. READ MORE HERE

How Teen Was Lured into Sex Trafficking

Posted by Sandra On October - 7 - 2014 Comments Off on How Teen Was Lured into Sex Trafficking

images (1)Rose was just 15, a student at Central Bucks South — and lonely. She logged on to the social networking site Myspace, sharing secrets with an older man about her troubled and abusive home life. He told her what she wanted to hear: that he’d take care of her. He bought her a Chanel purse, spent hundreds of dollars on meals for her and treated her to manicures and pedicures. He made her feel pretty, wanted. Rose, whose real name is being withheld, left home and moved in with him. Soon, they moved out of the area where she had been raised. And then he began asking for “favors.” READ MORE HERE

Jane Fonda: “My Mom Was Sexually Abused; Committed Suicide”

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off on Jane Fonda: “My Mom Was Sexually Abused; Committed Suicide”

Jane Fonda opens up about her mother’s suicide and history of sexual abuse

1411950405067_wps_5_BEVERLY_HILLS_CA_SEPTEMBEJane Fonda, 76, told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused and eventually committed suicide. Fonda made the personal revelation at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, which provides comprehensive free treatment for sexual assault victims. She hosted the Rape Foundation’s annual fundraising brunch on Sunday at billionaire Ron Burkle’s Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills.  READ MORE HERE

FOR MY MOTHER | Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda’s mom sexually abused

Jane Fonda opens up about her mother’s suicide

 

 

Child Abuse Victim Book: I WAS RAPED 1,800 TIMES BY SATANIC CULT MEMBERS

Posted by Sandra On September - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Child Abuse Victim Book: I WAS RAPED 1,800 TIMES BY SATANIC CULT MEMBERS

Kidwelly-cul-de-sacA new book has expressed in detail the sexual activities of a Satanic sex cult that apparently controlled a single cul-de-sac in the village of Kidwelly, Wales, and submitted a young girl from the age of seven to varied sexual abuse in a bid to appease the imagined God of an Edwardian sadist. The book, called the ‘Devil on the Doorstep‘, tells of the group which followed the teaching of ‘The Great Beast’ Aleister Crowley, who inducted the girl into their ring after she witnessed her mother performing sexual acts as part of a pseudo-religious ceremony when she was only seven years old. At the age of eleven the group leader took her virginity and she was soon being subjected to group orgies. READ MORE HERE

X-Factor Judge, Redfood, Opens Up About Childhood Bullying, Abuse

Posted by Sandra On September - 6 - 2014 Comments Off on X-Factor Judge, Redfood, Opens Up About Childhood Bullying, Abuse

Redfoo reveals he was victim of bullying as mixed race child and opens up about mother’s abusive ex boyfriend in candid interview

1410093792653_wps_11_Redfoo_interviewed_by_RahRedfoo may have made a name for himself as a wild-haired, leopard-print wearing party rocker. But underneath the brightly colored exterior, the X Factor judge hides a tough past of school-yard bullying and domestic abuse. Opening up about his difficult childhood on a special edition of Sunday Night this week, the former LMFAO singer revealed he was called ‘Oreo’ and ‘zebra’ while being chastised for being of mixed race. READ MORE HERE

Actress and Child Abuse Survivor Jan Broberg Speaks Out

Posted by Sandra On August - 27 - 2014 Comments Off on Actress and Child Abuse Survivor Jan Broberg Speaks Out

u3_t_2014-08-12_at_6.28.10_PMAt some point during their childhood, one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused, and an estimated 85% of those children are abused by people they know. At age 12 and age 14, actress Jan Broberg was kidnapped, repeatedly sexually abused, and raped by a close family friend, and was so brainwashed that she believed that her abuser was her soulmate. Now, a grown-up and well-adjusted Broberg is currently filming a documentary to tell her story, in hopes of educating families about how to protect their children from being preyed upon, especially by those they know.  READ MORE HERE

Man Reveals “My Father Raped Me”

Posted by Sandra On August - 23 - 2014 Comments Off on Man Reveals “My Father Raped Me”

Robert Montagu was abused by his father, the 10th Earl of Sandwich

article-2732703-20BE684100000578-751_306x520When Robert Montagu, younger brother of the Earl of Sandwich, first decided to publish his memoir, he thought he’d present it as fiction, using a pseudonym, such was the painful nature of the story that was about to unfold. His was a disturbing tale about an innocent seven-year-old boy whose father confused love with lust and abused him on an almost daily basis until he was 11. Yet Robert, son of the 10th Earl of Sandwich, knew all too well this was not fiction. And when A Humour Of Love is published next month, it will be under his own name. READ MORE HERE

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