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How I Got Through It

The writer tries to protect his siblings, mother, and himself from his father’s physical abuse. He discovers that writing is one way to gain a sense of peace and control. (full text)

After being sexually abused throughout her life by numerous men in her family, the writer meets other young women and learns that her experience is common in her South Asian culture. (full text)

Shameera surprises herself when she’s able to remain strong and brave during two natural disasters. Inspired by her courage in handling these situations, she attempts to conquer her biggest fear: public speaking. (full text)

After the writer barely escapes getting raped, she turns to weed to help her forget what happened. Her adviser reaches out to her and reminds her of her future goals. (full text)