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I Changed My Name After I Was Raped

After a serious trauma, some survivors find comfort and empowerment by creating a new identity.

My Secret Life of Shame With the Last Name ‘Fuks’

Going through my childhood with a last name nearly identical to the mother of all curse words was utter torture. But only after my family changed it did the regrets really begin.

When Someone Destroyed Our Pride Flags, Our Tiny Town Sprang into Action

We don’t know who’s been vandalizing the rainbow flags in our small Wisconsin community, but we learned a thing or two about kindness from the response.

Someone Posted My Phone Number On Craigslist and Said I Wanted Strange Men to Rape Me

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How My Panicked Trip to the ER Exposed a Major Flaw in Mental Health Care

As soon as the doctors confirmed there was nothing physically wrong with me, they sent me on my way—and I’m far from the only one who has been ignored.

I Grew Up In a Fundamentalist Cult  Like the One in  “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Don’t think Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision is realistic? I was raised in a conservative Christian cult where women were viewed as submissive birthing vessels.

Dementia Made a New Man Out of My Dad

Raised in Apartheid-era South Africa, my mixed-race father had no shortage of scars. But as dementia overpowered his brain, his anxiety and fears melted away, and I met a man I...

How Cleaning Out My Hoarder Mother-in-Law’s Junk Caused My Own Marriage to Crumble

As we plowed through decades of her extreme clutter, I began to notice similar tendencies in my husband. And once I saw the hoarder in him, there was no turning back.

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The Woman Who Married a Mannequin

By | June 3, 2015

As a single woman I suffered through years of family members and strangers alike telling me to settle down and pick out a husband. So I went to the store and bought one.
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