survivors

‘The officer said, ‘There’s been an incident at the finish line.’ Over my shoulder, I saw flashing lights.’: Dad to twins with severe nonverbal autism details surviving Boston Marathon bombing

“Billowing smoke, people bleeding and screaming, clothes in tatters. Rumors were beginning to ripple through the crowd about an explosion. Maybe more than one. As the father of twin sons with severe, nonverbal autism, I’ve had many difficult days. But nothing matches this.”

‘What would we do if someone started shooting?,’ I wondered in church. I could feel my heart racing.’: Mom says her fear can be ‘crippling’ following mass shootings, but knows there will ‘always be light’

“Where were the exits? How would I protect my kids? I hate that my mind was in a place of fear in church of all places. I often run to the grocery store or Target with all 3 of my kids. How will I protect them if someone started shooting? How can I keep them safe? How can I teach them to protect themselves? Fear can be crippling. But there will also always be light.”

‘It wasn’t like you see in the movies where you walk in a dark ally and get abducted by some stranger. This was my best friend.’: After years of denial, sexual abuse survivor accepts it wasn’t her fault

“I’ll never forget his words. There were no warning signs. No grooming. I remember wanting to scream, but not feeling like I could talk, so I made a mumbling noise. I didn’t want my body. I wanted to take it off like a jacket, but I couldn’t. I woke up the next morning with a huge bump on my head, my underwear backwards. I never wanted to be the girl who was raped.”

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