Tonight's special guest is Jennifer Olivardes from Houston, Texas, an abuse survivor who's now an activist, mentor, speaker and author. She's the founder of Mending Wounded Hearts Corporation (MWHC), a faith-based, non-profit organization, created to assist victims of sexual and domestic abuse, empowering and uplifting the victim through the transition period from victim to survivor. "I have had a passion to help the hurt, [since I was] broken and abused my entire life," Jennifer says. "I speak at colleges, several different organizations and where ever I am called to." Jennifer certainly has a lot of experience to talk about. Childhood molestation by one of her uncles began for her at age 4, and it continued through her mid teenage years. By that time it included two uncles and two cousins. "At age 10 I began to have black outs mostly when I was in school," she says. "My vision would come back slowly, first black and white, then full color. Age 13, I tried to end my life. At age 14 I almost got raped by an ex boyfriend. At age 15 the physical abuse began, and it continued till I was 28." Her adult years weren't much better. Jennifer was involved in numerous bad relationships and marriages where she repeatedly experienced domestic violence. She's putting all that behind her now, explaining, "I am free from all abuse today and no one will ever hurt me like they did in my past! This is why I do what I do, and I will never ask for anything in return. My joy is in helping others, as I have had people do for me, and I will not be stopped!" She's currently writing her memoir, "Broken Angel," and a collection of poetry, "Silenced No More," both of which will be available after the third quarter of 2015.
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