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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2265

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Tonight's special guest is Dannette Allen from Seattle, Washington. After her birth mother committed suicide, she was raised in a world of physical, emotional and verbal violence. Dannette relates, “As a child, my memories were of living in fear for my life. I was regularly beaten up and beaten down at home by my mother while my father did nothing to stop it.” At the age of 18, with her battle-fatigued mind, God and Dannette sat down to talk. She asked God, "How do I live with everything inside me blasted and bombed to bits, with my heart, the land and even the sky inside me covered in nuclear dust?” Dannette explains her life goals, “There are children and adults living on battlefields of war, being attacked by the people around them. Attacking themselves. I don't want them to be on the battlefields alone. The sorrow could kill all that is living and capable of loving inside them, as it almost did me.” Today, Dannette is seeking to find a way to bring into existence a collection of tools, resources, and advocacy that seeks to restore the human spirit devastated by violence and violation back to its full range of vibrancy, vitality, of possibility and potential. “It is God's passion and fire that saved me, that kept me alive," she says. "As an adult survivor of child abuse, it is my dream, my vision, my life mission to give nurture to the community of children experiencing child abuse, neglect, abandonment and violation .. and to [serve] the community of adult survivors of child abuse."