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Abuse recovery

Why Didn’t He Make it Stop?

I use to think God was out to get me. In fact, when I was younger I convinced myself that surely He must be a monster. Abused. Broken. Rejected. Surely if there was a God out there, He would make it stop, right? But wait, if there is a God, couldn’t He have made it stop altogether, as
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She cried. I cried. We cried together.

I walked in and saw her. Her name is Emily and she is dangerously sick with an eating disorder. Her hair is falling out, her face exceedingly sunken, the dark circles under her eyes are frightening, she has fine hair growing all over her body and her arm is about the size of two of my
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Relationships after Abuse

Today as I was packaging several orders of our MIHI bracelets I happened to glance at my old therapy journal under a pile of papers on my desk. That journal to me is a representation of tremendous pain, but also immense joy. In it, I tracked my progress of a 2 year journey of healing.
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6 Years of Sexual Abuse: A Powerful Story

Six months ago, hopeless didn’t even begin to describe how I felt about my life. I was sick with an eating disorder that I’ve had for 4 years, and I had an alcoholic father who I lived my life to please. He was physically, verbally and for 6 years of my life, sexually abus
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I was raped, can you help me?

Since the launch of Made in His Image, we have received thousands of emails. Some of the most heart wrenching to read involve the following. I was abused, can you please help me? I don’t know what to do and I feel like abuse is all I’m good for. My boyfriend/father is abusive, how do
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My Love, My Cross, My Joy: Marriage following Abuse

This evening, I’m very honored to welcome my dear friend Faith Hakesley to MIHI’s blog. Faith, a survivor of sexual abuse, wrote for the National Catholic Register about her experiences several months ago and this evening Faith will address a very sensitive topic for survi
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When the Jury Says, “Guilty” and the Judge Slams the Gavel

A woman asked MIHI, What do I do after my rapist is convicted? What do I do then? How do I heal? How do I move on? Can MIHI help me? One woman said, They are going to take him away because he raped me. What do I do? I don’t want to hate him, but I do? I’ve read all of your blog posts,
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“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went…

It’s easier to feel the sunlight without them she said.” Yesterday was the anniversary of the date I started therapy and a reader asked if I could describe part of the process. I had spoken with this doctor once on the phone before packing everything I owned into my Honda
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Sexual Abuse: A True Story of a Shroud Unveiled

But I just can’t tell. I know it was partially my fault. I really had it coming to me because I didn’t fight back hard enough. Maybe if I was prettier I would be worth something more than abuse, or maybe it was my weight? If I told, he would kill me. I’m not strong enough to go to the
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Nicole Kidman supports Made in His Image!

The world of entrepreneurship can be pretty big and scary at times for this former pastry chef and baker. On Wednesday, I had a meeting about fundraising for MIHI, which produced brilliant ideas to take MIHI to the next level. The incredible woman who was helping me stressed exposure.
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