Tag Archives: Escapes and Rescues: A Series

Leave: Shade’s story

Editorial note: Shade Ardent blogs at The Unspared Rod. This story is reprinted with permission. my car isn’t even full, it didn’t take that much time to pack my clothes. river stares from the window upstairs. she didn’t want to say goodbye. everyone else is busy with their lives. no one looks up as i walk by. ‘Hurry up, Shade’. i turn to

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Bird Set Free: Avia’s Story

Content warning: Victim blaming, child abuse, body shaming, and religious shaming of mental illness Editorial note: The author’s name has been changed to ensure anonymity. “Avia” is a pseudonym.  There are a few incidents in my life that pushed me to leave home. Clipped wings, I was a broken thing… When I was nineteen years old, I fell into a

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