The Violence of Homelessness: A Young Male Survivor’s Story [Trigger warning]

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About W.R.R.

W.R.R. is a survivor of 18 years of sexual abuse and torture. He started writing poetry at a very young age to escape the horrors of his life. His writing gives the reader a true glimpse into the psyche of a struggling survivor. He recently put his efforts into becoming an advocate, focusing on public awareness of the impact on survivors who endured incest, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking, as well as letting other survivors know that they are not alone. W.R.R. lives in the Houston area with a new family that love and support him on his healing journey every day. His hope is to write a book to share his story. His essays and poetry can be found at and he can be found at @AsAshesScatter on Twitter.


  1. I’m speechless which is not at all normal for me. God bless ya. You’re kids have an amazing dad!

  2. What an incredible story of survival…I used to work at Covenant House, a shelter for teens, and have heard such stories over and over….thank you for contributing your story and detailing your many years of struggle against so many abusers and neglecters….

  3. Thank you for surviving and for sharing your story of a life to which many of us are blind.

  4. Reading your stories, W.R.R., I am forever changed, because I can never not know what you and others you write about have suffered. That victims can be complicit, as your mother was, and continue abuse, or they can break free, even at great cost to themselves, as you bravely did. Thank you for showing how difficult this is, and in so doing advancing my understand evil and why it persists, not just out there, among strangers, but in myself. You do a great good, a service to the world.

  5. We’ll never have to feed that world our bodies and souls again…and we can burn-down that world for others.

    Yer strong!

  6. Life Lessons says:

    May your life be filled with joy from now on. I am sorry you had to endure such pain.

  7. I have never read anything with as powerful or containing as much pain. You are a wonderful heroic man, proof that the human spirit can survive the worst betrayals & most appalling torture. Keep writing, keep loving, stay living. Your lovely children need you, we all need your courage & talent. Please never let the monsters define or defeat you.

  8. W.R.R., I wish I had the power to take away those experiences and all that hurt and pain you endured. I can’t begin to imagine them even as you describe them. I don’t know if I would have had the strength to endure and survive in multiple abusive situations like you have done. But you did. You totally survived it. Even at times when it probably didn’t feel like survival to you at all. You are pretty freaking amazing. I think probably more amazing then you really feel.

    All those people that did you wrong and abused you fell into some dark, evil places. They got lost in their own cycles of abuse. They succumbed to something darker that you didn’t. The fact that you are here, that you wrote this piece, that you are a loving, protective Daddy is testament to that.

  9. Merv Kaufman says:

    This is a heart-breaking story, but beautifully told. It should be a book, and I think the writer is up to the challenge. People should know; attention should be paid.

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