Tonight's special guest is Darlene Pawlik from Manchester, New Hampshire, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) who's been an anti-abuse and recovery advocate for more than 20 years. "I was conceived by rape, grew up feeling worth less than others," she says. "I was a target of human trafficking at 13, sold into prostitution on my 14th birthday, faked an abortion to get free from the man holding me." But Darlene's a fighter. "I left school in the seventh grade, but taught myself enough to obtain a GED and attend nursing school. I believe everyone is responsible for their own education. I grew up impoverished and lived on the streets for a few years." She eventually gave her life over to God. "I was ordained for youth ministry in 1998." She's helped a lot of people in her adulthood. As a nurse, Darlene often addresses issues surrounding human dignity in long term care. "I've spoken in many venues," she explains, "including the New Hampshire Legislature, public events, radio and TV interviews, schools, churches, youth groups and other groups around New England and the nation. Some time ago she wrote her story in a book, "Testimony, The Dark Side of Christianity," under the pseudonym Darling Princess, and began to work with other organizations. We're delighted to have her as a member of the NAASCA family!
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