My name is Beverly. I am a 48 year old married woman of 2. I was molested from the age of 5 to 10 by my older 1st cousin. It started out with him grinding on me, but later went to fondling. I never told anyone out of fear of being blamed.
I grew up in an abusive home. My father was an alcoholic and abused my mother often. As a result, my mother suffered from mental illness.   I was very promiscuous at a young age. I felt that a man only wanted my body and I had to give it to them or they would just take it.
My Mother died when I was 14 and I went to stay with my Aunt, my mom’s sister. I was having sex with my foster cousin. I was depressed, suicidal and an alcoholic by the time I was 15. I was raped by another foster cousin at 15. I told my younger brother and cousin.
I have only shared this with one of my family members. I speak to a lot of kids about surviving physical, mental and sexual abuse. I hope by sharing my story that it will inspire someone else.

December 28, 2017