Tonight's special guests are June Ann Young from Florida, a returning NAASCA family member who'll be accompanied by her cousin, Tonna McClure from North Carolina, who has a Ph.D in social work. Abruptly separated as children, they've just re-connected after 37 years apart, and have found any number of parallels in their life stories! June is a survivor of serious child abuse, and faced seemingly overwhelming odds to emerge now as the activist she's become. "I am stronger then the ones who had to rape, beat, spit, kick, call me horrible names," June writes on her Facebook page, My True Story. "I have a love in me for others in need." Tonna, 7 years older than June, was abused physically by her mother, June's aunt, and later was raped in foster care. "I was unable to have kids because of the rape," Tonna shares. She escaped her family and married very young. "I got lucky. My husband is wonderful and we have 4 adopted children." She goes on, "I choose to focus on the good in my life and there has been much." Tonna says she's doing well with her recovery and wants to help her younger cousin on her own healing journey. They have a lot to share. They'll get together again in April, Child Abuse Awareness Month, and will be staying closely connected. For her part June says she plans on ".. spending the rest of my life, saving children from child abuse." We'll be glad to assist each of them in any way we can, here in their NAASCA family!
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