Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Up and Coming. . .

Life’s Greatest Sorrow can be Your Greatest Purpose
By Diann Diaz

How one individual faced multiple challenges of abuse – sexual, physical and verbal then used these life experiences to help educate others to realize they are not alone with sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence. This individual realized how important it is to speak out about the violence and give others the support and the voice they so yearn for.

The author suffered sexual assault at the hands of her uncle at the tender age of 14. After informing her parents about the abuse, she was then sent to a private boarding school to deal with the internal pain - alone. She suffered verbal abuse from her mother for years. Her first husband was an abusive alcoholic. During her divorce, she learns she is pregnant. Years later she is involved with another abusive man who is charged with Aggravated Child Abuse. The odds seemed against her…

Read how this author finds the light and the courage to continue each day and evolves into a survivor, advocate, educator, speaker, and a whole person once again.

The author is now helping to prevent violence by educating students on various violence prevention education topics, as well as speaking at local colleges and universities. She also is known for her emergency advocacy in the hospitals and police stations for the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. You may also find her at conferences speaking on topics such as, “Domestic Abuse Victims – Why Do they Stay”.