Memoir of a Cutter: Mormon Relives Shame of Self Injury

Kirsten Sage Steadman grew up in Mormon-dominated Utah, careful to keep her emotions in check. She said her father, a Vietnam veteran whose post-traumatic stress had gone untreated, was volatile and psychologically abusive. By the time she was 19, Steadman said was cutting herself with scissors to relieve the isolation and emotional pain she didn't know how to express. At her worst, until she sought treatment, she sliced up both her legs with dozens of cuts in one session. Now 28, Steadman...Full Story
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