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Wendy’s story: “I survived; I did not live. It was hell.”

Wendy’s story: “I survived; I did not live. It was hell.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 23, 2014 — Wendy* is a survivor of domestic violence living and raising her family in Scotland. Before the relationship, I was young, innocent and rather starry eyed. I thought people were fundamentally good and that if you loved someone enough, all would be okay. I had a close circle of friends.

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Vanessa’s story: No one can make you leave; you have to do it for yourself

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 22, 2014 — Vanessa* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, fighting for her children and healing in The United States. I was very young when I entered the relationship. I was 21 when I met him. Before meeting him, I was social and outgoing. I was living at

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Ursula’s story: Know the signs and accept that you are being abused

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 21, 2014 — Ursula* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, raising her child and healing in The United States. My relationship started off wonderful. I thought I had met the man of my dreams. He was nice, charming, always buying me gifts and we had this crazy chemistry.

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Ebola plunges America into an epidemic of stupid

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – A Maine teacher who visited Dallas for a conference was told to stay home for 21 days. School district administrators explained on their website, “the district and the staff member understand the parents’ concerns. Therefore, after several discussions with the staff member, out of an abundance of caution, this staff

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Teresa’s story: He was a sociopath, not a good guy with a few bad demons

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 20, 2014 — Teresa* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living, raising her son and healing in The United States. I met Sam shortly after I had moved back to my home state. I was in a bad place and sought comfort in his simplicity. When we first began

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Sofia’s advice on domestic violence: “Take off the blindfold. Knowledge is power.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 19, 2014 — Sofia* is a survivor of domestic violence and pathological abuse living and recovering in The United Kingdom. Before the relationship, I was vulnerable. I had just lost my father and come out of a long-term relationship. I wanted marriage and children. During the relationship, for the first few years

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