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Trish Garrison
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You'll Adjust
In the last 10 days I've been able to add another experience to my list, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), or sudden deafness. I woke up one morning, and simply couldn't hear much with my left ear. What I do hear is terribly muffled and distorted. ...

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A male victim tells me what it was like dealing with his shame and guilt.

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Andrew's Story
Andrew (not his real name) approached me after I told my story publicly. He desperately wanted someone to listen to him, to understand, but had so many times been too embarrassed to even try to tell his story. I offered him the opportunity to tell it here, ...

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Learning to Feel Emotions
It's been five years since I started this journey. As suspected, a lot has changed about me. I have learned a ton about the legal system. I have found out that I am surrounded by friends, all survivors of sexual assault, in various stages of healing. I have...

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Attorney General's Survivors Council
 The tide is turning, my friends. There is change coming, change that will impact all victims, positively. Yesterday a group of 27 survivors of violent crime met together with Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and Gretchen Hunt, director of the Office ...

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Dear Mother,
It's been a long time since I've talked to you. Oh, we've spoken, cordially at public events; but I have held you at an arm's length for almost two decades now. That was most certainly a selfish action on my part, defensive, maybe a bit paranoid. It was the...

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An Unexpected Trigger
Honey suckle. What do you think about whenever you smell honey suckle? If it elicits a memory, that's a trigger. You would think, after all this time, I would have learned to deal with triggers. And for the most part I have. Every now and then something wil...

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Survivor Stories: Kathleen
I was teaching 6th grade when I began my 4 year journey toward justice. There was a day in my third of that journey year that rattled me, a phone call from the prosecutor's office that shook my foundation, and my students knew something was terribly wrong. ...
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