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September 7, 2018

Every now and again I search for the girl that took me under her wing when I lived on the 

streets so many years ago. Lawrie was a huge part of my life for a short period of time. It might have been 6 months give or take, but it felt … feels like 10 years. I don’t remem...

May 31, 2017

The evening began with three former residents of Covenant House sharing their experiences and where they are now. One of the graduates was a runaway, one was kicked out of his home for coming out at as gay, the third was aged-out of foster care and had nowhere to go ot...

May 16, 2017

Dear Ask Amy, Your response to “Broken” was insensitive and irresponsible. You displayed a complete lack of respect and empathy for this survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Your response re-victimized an incest victim who was brave enough to “out” her abuser. Your pet...

May 1, 2017

Since I began my journey of sharing my story I have been blessed to touch lives in a way I never anticipated. I didn’t have a plan, I simply wanted to help people recognize that children who run away from home are in need of understanding and support rather than judgem...

March 5, 2017

Just because it looks easy, does not mean it’s easy. Sharing my past, the victimization, my homelessness is NOT easy, but it’s right…for me. Sometimes I have to take a long deep breath before exposing a moment of my life that I find shameful on some level. I’m not carr...

February 20, 2017

As a child that ran away habitually and publicly, I was labeled a problem child. I was scape-goated by my mother so as to deflect responsibility away from her. Painting the runaway child as bad is a common method utilized by abusers. Abusers are masters of control. The...

December 14, 2016

Dear Parentless Adult Survivors of Child Abuse,

As you know it’s the time of year that for some is not so full of cheer. For so many, myself included, the holidays highlight what we don’t have. As a result of my mother’s abuse I ran away from home at the age of 13 – and...

November 10, 2016

Missing: A True Story of a Childhood Lost is a story of a young girl's survival, a woman's surthrival. It is a story of suffering, of rising up against all odds and discovering an appreciation of life.

"I decided that I was going through this hell as a kind of...

October 18, 2016

Dear people who judge me for not having a relationship with my mother,

Have you walked a mile in my pumps? Do you know where I have been? Do you know what she did to me when I was a child? Do you know how I missed having a mother and wish I had one to love me and love b...

September 27, 2016