Story Topic: Victim / Survivor

Andrea Martinez (England)

When Andrea Martinez was seven years old, she was sexually abused by a relative. After being unable to speak of her abuse for many years, Andrea began to confide in a family friend who had suffered a similar abuse. From there, she began to consider forgiveness as a way of healing, and to channel her… more

Christopher Emmanuel (Canada)

Photo by Louisa Hext As a child growing up in a small town in Grenada, West Indies, Christopher Emmanuel was mercilessly shamed in front of his peers by his father. As a result he buried the anger until it erupted in mental illness several years later. After 10 years in and out of institutions, he was… more

Zak Ebrahim (USA)

Zak Ebrahim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983 to an American mother and an Egyptian father, El Sayyid Nosair. When Zak was seven, his father assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-Orthodox, anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair was found guilty in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial which killed six people… more

Irina Krasovskaya (Belarus)

On 16 September 1999 Irina Krasovskaya’s husband, businessman Anatoly Krasovsky, was abducted and murdered by the security forces in Belarus. No one has ever claimed responsibility and Anatoly‘s body has never been found.  Ever since then Irina has campaigned extensively to raise awareness for the plight of all those who have been “disappeared” during the dictatorship… more

Susan Waters (England)

Susan Waters is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is the mother of three children and lives in the Midlands. Her story has been an anonymous story on The Forgiveness Project website since 2005. In 2016, with her parents now dead, she waived her right to anonymity. The pressure to blindly forgive, particularly within Church… more

Liz Stone (USA)

Photo by Amber Cashio Liz Stone was just 16 when her best friend was murdered; compounding her existing depression she was later hospitalized for attempted suicide. After a series of abusive relationships, she married and started a family but the trauma of her past caught up with her. I’ve been held captive twice in my… more

Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal (USA)

In 2005, Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal had a life-changing conversation. Both were working at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles when they realized they had met 26 years earlier, when a group of teen-aged Nazi-punks attacked and beat a gay homeless 14-year-old boy. Matthew Boger was that young boy and Tim Zaal, at… more

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