In this episode, I’m joined by Anney Evans, Event Coordinator for A Voice for the Innocent. Anney joins me to share her story of how finding a community of support has helped her to deal with being sexually abused by a family member while growing up.
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Anney was sexually abused by her step-brother for about 4-5 years starting around the age of 10 or 11.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
The abuse led Anney to start sneaking out of her home at night which led her to begin drinking, smoking and becoming promiscuous with other boys.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Anney got involved with the organization, AmeriCorps, after she graduated from high school, where she got to travel the country and be with others who didn't know her background. This allowed her to feel like she was starting over in a way. Later getting involved with AVFTI and finding others who have been through similar situations has also been a big help for Anney. The support of her husband and the birth of their daughter have also helped Anney get to where she is today.
What Anney does today:
Anney is the event coordinator for AVFTI as well as a nanny.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Anney's Answer: It's okay to feel how you're feeling.
AVFTI.org - The website for A Voice for the Innocent
Facebook - Anney's Facebook profile
Instagram - Anney's Instagram profile
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