Joelle’s Story

The bald spots dotting Joelle’s* head were an outward sign of her inner turmoil. Sixteen-year-old Joelle was so wracked with anxiety, she’d taken to pulling out her hair by the handful. Joelle’s mother left Oklahoma to find work; her father was in and out of jail. Joelle moved in with her great aunt, but couldn’t keep…

Taylor’s Journey

Nine-year-old Taylor* was a friendly girl. She performed well at school and enjoyed attending church with her family. But everything changed after Taylor was sexually abused by her uncle. She began avoiding others and spent many a Sunday morning crying in the church parking lot. Classrooms were unbearable, so Taylor’s parents withdrew her from school.…