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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1588

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Tonight's special guest is Tennile Chapman from Oakwood, Georgia, an abuse survivor who's now a child and victim advocate. "I was molested by both of my stepfathers, the first one from around age 4," Tennile says. "My second stepfather, my sister’s biological father, made it clear to me that as long as I was available to him, he wouldn’t touch my sister, his daughter." Her mom divorced him as Tennille started high school but she knew her sister would be at risk. "The need to protect her was stronger than my desire to keep quiet. We ended up going to court and he was sentenced to 15 to 20 years." Her uncle had been making payoffs to 'compensate' the family for many years. "I later learned that my mother not only knew what my uncle was doing, but that she deliberately sent me there during the summer to earn money," Tennile explaines. As a young adult she sought out men online to have sex with. "I was in control of when, where, how, etc." Eventually she realized what she'd been doing cause just as much damage to herself as her abusers had done. "After meeting a “nice guy” through work, I was date raped and had an unconfirmed miscarriage." She turned to God, and her healing began. "He has called me into the advocacy field to help fellow victims and survivors," she says. "I spent the last 11 and a half years working at a local Child Advocacy Center helping child victims and their families going through the criminal justice system." She goes on, "I know God wants me to use my story to help others." Tennile tell us her trauma has become the foundation for a book she's writing now.

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