My name is Aminata and I am #Prettynscarred…
From the age of 7 to 13 I was a victim of sexual abuse by my aunts partner. He put his hands and fingers in places they had no place being & made me believe everyone went through this.. I suffered in silence for 6 years. Those closest to me never believed me when I first spoke out about it so I started to think why bother talking about it ? I began to believe that it was me that had done something wrong to deserve it. At the age of 13 I was suicidal and diagnosed with depression and was subscribed anti-depressants. Once it was all over, I couldn’t face living with the reality of what I experienced. I buried it all in allowing the trauma to kill me. Inside I was still that 7 year old girl looking for a hero, a father, a brother, a mother, a sister – anyone to step in to help and defend me. And then I found God’s love, kindness and protection. I was no longer afraid of my past and had enough courage to face my demons. I now realise that God always was and still is with me despite the trauma I faced. God saw me through it all and gave me peace (2 Timothy 1:7) “for God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind”. I pretty much made it through the flames ash-less. I realised that the most hurtful and painful ordeals in our lives are really just forms of iron sharpening us into the blades we need to be to conquer life. Through all of this I found my love in hairstyling – I am now a professional hairstylist who finds joy in interacting and opening up to my clients. So for anyone who may have once walked in my shoes, believe me I know it hurts, I know it’s unfair, I know you feel alone and let down. But I promise there’s strength on the other side all you need to do is face what happened and let go and let God…

 

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