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August 9, 2016

“I first came to Casa de Las Mercedes when I was 12. My mom was an alcoholic, and she abused my stepsisters and I. My stepfather also raped and abused me, starting when I was 8 years old. And I didn’t start to talk about it until I came here. Since I was so young, I didn’t know any better – he messed with my head and told me that…
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August 8, 2016

One of the first stories we'd like to share with you is from the current director of Casa De Las Mercedes: “I’ve worked for the Casa de la Mercedes for 20 years now. My mother, Claudia, is the founder of the house, and though she’s my biological parent, everyone calls her “Mom”. It started as a home for young pregnant girls who lacked the resources and support necessary to help…
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August 7, 2016

Hi, My name is Vivian and I am currently volunteering at a women’s shelter and orphanage in Mexico City called Casa De Las Mercedes. I decided to come here because I have read and seen so much online about the sexual and physical abuse that I wanted to come see for myself. Reading stories and watching videos online is completely different than actually meeting these women in person. Sometimes we…
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August 4, 2016

“It happened on my third night of college. It was orientation week, and my friends and I went out to a party. We were sitting in the backyard, and I was feeling nauseous so I went into this side alleyway because I thought that I was going to puke. I never did, but some guy back there came up to me to asked me if I was okay. I told…
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August 3, 2016

"One of my dear friends was sexually assaulted when he was studying abroad. It was something that absolutely devastated him. Someone put something in his drink and he woke up on a beach somewhere in Australia. It wrecked him. He has been shattered ever since, wandering through life in so much pain and heartache because he feels like it is his fault. When he shared this with me, I told…
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July 28, 2016

"I went to a small pop punk concert with one of my friends my freshman year of high school. My dad went with us but sat in the back of the arena, where we were out of his range of sight. During the opening act, my friend jumped, grabbed my arm, and turned to me wide-eyed.I noticed a man in his 40s lurking behind us andI felt someone grazing and grabbing my…
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July 18, 2016

(2/2) “I knew when I was only 15 that I wanted to work in professional sports. I wanted to talk about sports on the radio – and I made it. I worked in production for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and did some voice work for a talk show on ESPN2. But it’s a very male-dominated profession. I have stories from sports radio that are so horrible. One of my female colleagues…
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July 15, 2016

Nothing I ever did was enough. He pressured me into having sex, even if I insisted that I was tired, sick or just not in the mood for it. He got an internship one summer and so we were long distance for that time, and I finally was able to hang out with my friends more. It was one of the best summers of my life. But every day at…
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July 14, 2016

"A man exposed himself to me when I was in sixth grade. He lived in an apartment building a block away from my house. He didn't look like the stereotypical creepy man hiding in alleyway. He was clean cut, well dressed, and in his mid-30s. I had walked in front of his garage when he appeared, his pants around his ankles, and his hand at his groin. He smiled and…
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July 13, 2016

(1/2) “I was 20 and working at a restaurant in L.A. One of the managers often came on to me, and we dated for a little bit. But at that time, I didn’t know he had a drug problem. One night, I was asleep in bed when he came over to my apartment unannounced and started banging on my door, refusing to leave. He was clearly on something. He forced…
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