Tonight's special guest is Emily Wallace (aka Tina Smith), a returning NAASCA family member who's an abuse survivor, motivational speaker and inspirational author. She's back to speak of her autobiography "Scarred for Life," an inspirational book which illustrates all of the struggles that Emily faced during her childhood. And it's quite a story! One day in 1980, Emily returned home from her every day learning environment, to find a house filled with nothing but emptiness. Her whole nuclear family (her mother and her siblings) were gone without a forwarding address. This was the same day that Emily endured emotional distrust and experienced her childhood being snatched away from her within moments. "Scarred for Life" narrates Emily's story, along with her thoughts, feelings, and emotions as she tried to succeed surviving on the streets. She tells of sleeping in vacant houses and under porches and experiencing child molestation by her older two brothers. She shares the stories of those who tried to help her and those who would not. Honest and shocking, "Scarred for Life" provides insight into the actual life of a little homeless girl and the horrors one can experience when living on the streets. Today, Emily is a mother of six, and wife of 20 years. She is an author and motivational speaker, who speaks to children about child abuse and bullying. She is currently working on her high school diploma at Hadley School for the Blind.
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