Sherry’s Story

I want to tell somebody but who will believe me?  Who will believe that the man who uses me for a punching bag is one of New York's finest?  I'm just a former exotic dancer who had the misfortune of getting hooked up with the wrong man.  I guess I was flattered by the attentions …

Folani’s Story

My name is Folani.  At the age of 16, I was forced to marry the man who raped me so that I wouldn't bring shame on my family.  He wanted to marry me but after I rejected him, he raped me.  I told my my mother what he had done to me and she insisted …

Claude’s Story

I'm sitting in the café which I frequently go to because I love their Latte when I can feel that someone is staring at me.  I turn my head and my eyes meet those of a very beautiful African American woman.  As we lock eyes for what seemed like eternity, I debate whether or not …

Addie’s Little Adventure/Invitation #writephoto

Everyday after school, I took a shortcut so that I would walk past the mansion where the English couple lived. And every time I paused to peek through the gates which were always ajar and stare at the strange faces on the posts. Behind and above the gates was foliage which swayed from the gentle …

Claudette Colvin

She was the original Rosa Parks. Dubbed the original Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin was arrested in 1955 at the age of 15 for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded segregated bus.  The incident began when the bus she and her friends were on filled up and there was …

Teenage Dating Violence

My husband and I are watching Greenleaf, the Oprah Winfrey series on Netflix.  I think that if you were to look up the word, dysfunctional in the dictionary, you would see a photo of the Greenleaf family.  They give new meaning to the word.  There are so many issues and skeletons in that family that …

Simón’s Temptation

And he took the path to her house  In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. - Proverbs 7:8, 9 "Man, you have to be crazy to go over there," Felipe told Simón. "Her husband's out of town." "So what?  You shouldn't be going with her.  She's trouble." "No, she's not!" …

Giulia

She looked at the odd shaped structure.  It was covered in moss.  Everything else seemed to fade into the background.  It reminded her of when she visited the Accademia Gallery and she saw Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Israel's most beloved king, David.  Her eyes were fixated on the figure, moving towards it as if hypnotized.  The …

Abandoned and Rescued

Retired officer Patrick Miller was sweeping his yard when he thought he heard what sounded like a baby crying.  He stopped and listened.  It was a baby crying and the sound was coming from the green dumpster.  Dropping the broom, he rushed over and threw open the top to peer inside.  The naked infant was …

The Burnses

  Chuck and Millie Burns were enjoying another day at the beach.   The weather was overcast but it didn't dampen their mood.  The cool breeze and the smell of the sea air felt really good. An hour later, they pulled up in the driveway and were getting out of the car when several squad cars …

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