Love a Second Time Around

I wasn't married but I was pregnant.  It happened when my boyfriend and I got frisky and ended up in bed.  I felt guilty afterwards because I was supposed to be a Christian.  I was raised in a strict Baptist family and having sex or getting pregnant before marriage was a no no.  So, to …

Defending Joe

  "Mommy, Mommy," Kevon cried, running to her.  Alarmed, Inez reached down and picked him up. "What's the matter, Baby?" she asked. "Grandma said that Daddy's in Hell because he killed a man." "Go and tell Auntie Hilda goodbye while I speak to Grandma."  She put him down and he ran off. Inez turned to …

Janco’s Story (Part Two)

Five years have passed since I took Nasha to the shelter for street children.  A lot has happened within that time.  I'm still handing out tracts but now I'm a Youth leader in my church.  My Mother is back home and she hasn't touch a drink since she checked into the Drug and Alcohol Rehab …

Sophia’s Secret

My name is Sophia.  I have been living with a secret since I was eight.  It's a shameful thing and every-time I think about it, I feel sick and I wish I could curl up and just die.  No one at school knows but I keep wondering if they could tell just by looking at …

The Betrayal

Althea closed her Bible and placed it back on the coffee table.  She felt like Judas because she had betrayed Tyson.  Guilt racked her but if she were brutally honest with herself she would admit that what happened between Greg and her was something she had wanted for a very long time--even before she started …

Morocco to change Rape Law

Imagine being forced to marry the man who raped you?  This was the horrible reality 16 year Amina Filali faced.  This drove Amina to take her own life. In a variety of cultures, marriage after the fact has been treated historically as a "resolution" to the rape of an unmarried woman. Citing Biblical injunctions (particularly Exodus …

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