The worst had already happened
Helena Dea Bala

Thank you for telling these heartbreaking truths. The world needs to know just how painful and difficult sexual violence is for all who fall victim.

For me, it was as a child and young adult who couldn’t navigate aging out of the foster care system very well, and who hadn’t yet learned how to protect herself when her alarms to run sounded. After 13 yrs of sexual abuse by my father/cop and a criminal case at age 16, I just wanted to run as soon as the courts set me free. It’s a hard story to hear and an even harder story to tell…. But I wanted to say that I know. I know how this feels. I also know the importance of speaking out.

Thanks for your great sensitivity in telling these truths.