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I Can't Forget
Childhood abuse makes it hard for me to have a boyfriend
author image The author was raped as a child. She doesn’t realize how traumatized she is until she starts to get physical with her first boyfriend and freaks out.

One day in 10th grade, I was sitting in the bleachers during gym class, hanging out with my best friend Sam. He always made me laugh, especially when he talked about what boy he thought was cute... [more]

Standing Up to Shame Standing Up to Shame
From Addiction to Connection - I Can't Forget What He Did - Into the Light - Healing Trauma - I Had to Quit Facebook - Protesting - Moview Review: Moonlight PLUS - Win $100!
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My Road Through College Victor has extreme anxiety and depression, and it keeps him from passing his college classes. There’s a drug that could help, but he fears it’s “for crazy people.” [more]
From Addiction to Connection Alesha gets addicted to drugs and alcohol after her family spins out of control. She’s always “partying” but always alone. [more]
How I Became an Activist Wendy was born in the U.S., but her parents were not. She is appalled by Trump’s hate speech about Mexicans and other immigrants, so she takes to the streets. [more]
Moving Past Shame A therapist explains why people blame themselves for being abused as children and how to break free of that trap. [more]
When the Private Becomes Public The author is a shy and private person who’s shocked by how much her business is out in the open when she goes into care. [more]
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Home Is an Abstract Concept Marlo has lived in an astonishing variety of places and has never known stability. At age 22, he gets an apartment and wonders what "home" and "family" mean. [more]
Movie Review: <em>Moonlight</em> Sedrick relates to the Oscar-winning Moonlight. He feels Chiron’s anguish at being bullied, but wishes he’d taken a different path. [more]
Unexpected Emotions When J.G. finally gets her own apartment at age 22, she thinks everything's finally OK. Instead, her years in care haunt her. [more]
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Ease the Path to Stable Housing in NYC A report from Columbia Law School's Adolescent Representation Clinic offers housing solutions for youth aging out of care in New York City. [more]
Choosing My Neighborhood Vanessa lives with relatives, friends, in group homes, in an office, in supportive housing, and finally in a market-rate apartment with friends, which is her favorite set-up. [more]
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