It is possible to have an amazing and fulfilling life after years of abuse and exploitation. How do I know? Because I am doing just that. Today, I am truly living my best life, despite my dark past. And you can too.
I’m an award-winning advocate, a best-selling author, an entrepreneur, a former model and fashion designer, and most importantly, a loving mom and wife. But once upon a time, I was an innocent little girl living a life of abuse and torture in a “perfect” house behind a white picket fence.
For more than a decade I was sexually, physically, and mentally abused by my adopted parents. I became pregnant at 17 and on a cold winter’s night, I jumped from my bedroom window and ran away from home. That’s when life changed.
I’ve learned a lot on my healing journey, and I am committed to helping others discover that there is hope after abuse. I am trained in support and prevention strategies and it is my honour to share my teachings with members of the community, and to offer support to other survivors.
In my bestselling memoir, White Picket Monsters, I share my story of growing up in a house of horrors – a house brimming with shocking family secrets of manipulation, sexual exploitation, and extreme physical and mental violence.
On my journey, I’ve realized that silence does not help the problem. It allows it to fester and eat away at our self-worth, while protecting the perpetrator. I hope my story can inspire other survivors to dig deep within themselves to find strength to speak out and share their own stories. This is not your fault. You are worthy.