Kori Kolstad's Story

My name is Kori and I have a very unique story to tell.

I was born in Long Beach, California in 1974. Grew up in a suburban town called Lakewood with 2 sisters and a brother and parents that stayed married until I was 23. We were a highly dysfunctional family with lots of yelling and physical violence. I did anything to escape the reality that was my childhood. Picked up cigarettes at 14, marijuana at 15, and methamphetamines at 18. I was instantly hooked on meth. Wanted it all the time.

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Joy's Story

My name is Joy and I am a 39-year-old wife and mother.

When I was 3 my older brother, Donald, began sexually abusing me. I honestly feel like my parents did not know the extent of what was going on. Looking back there were signs, but when you have seven children things can get missed. I remember screaming and crying every time I was told to go to bed. I was terrified but had no way of telling anyone.

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