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Each day during the month of October, column author Paula Carrasquillo will feature a story written by a survivor of domestic violence. At the end of October, a compilation of all stories will be available for free as an e-book.

Faith’s story of abuse: “He told me that we were kindred spirits and that I must have read the instruction manual for him.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 6, 2014 — Faith* is a survivor of intimate partner abuse living, dancing and recovering in Canada.

Before the relationship I was happy, confident and outgoing. I had grown up in a neglectful, abusive single-parent household but had managed to do alright nonetheless, I believed I was liked by my entourage and had fair self-esteem levels. I was involved in my ethnic community, as a dancer and counted many friends in the band we were all a part. Read more…

*All names have been changed to protect the survivor and the survivor’s family and friends.

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abuse, CommDigiNews, domestic violence, Emotional Abuse, Journaling, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychopaths, PTSD, Rape, Recovery
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  1. I avoided reading these…for quite a few days. I was afraid they would exhume the fear and anger I worked so hard to put behind me.

    I can relate, on some level, to all of these survivor experiences. I find myself admiring their brass balls and “never say die” attitudes. Then I realized, “hey…I’ve got those too!”

    I thank you for sharing these…they serve as both a warning and reminder.

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  2. I related to pretty much everything in this article. I too, look at pictures of myself over the last five years and can see the physical changes. Her words gave me hope for healing… Her and experience sounds so similar to my own.

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