Rape Victim to Survivor… and Speaker… and Writer

By Rachael Brooks Never in a million years would I have considered myself a writer. I don’t have an English degree. I never wrote for the school paper or fell in love with a classic literary work. Hell, I have never even been much of a reader.  I did, however, have about 32 journals as … Continue reading Rape Victim to Survivor… and Speaker… and Writer

‘I’m a strong woman; I’ll never be in a controlling relationship’ and other lies I’ve told myself

By Ann Vale Raised by an all-female family, I was always encouraged to be independent, strong-minded and go after all I wanted. My mother and sisters, who are ever advocates for female empowerment, championed equality in relationships and life. So, the last place I expected to end up was in an emotionally abusive and controlling … Continue reading ‘I’m a strong woman; I’ll never be in a controlling relationship’ and other lies I’ve told myself