While in high school, I was a victim of dating-related domestic violence and repeated homicide attempts but was denied protective services after not meeting criteria for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order. Later, while a Senior in college, I was physically assaulted, raped, and sodomized by a stranger on campus. I graduated five months after the attack earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Specialized Psychology with a Mental Health Concentration. I later completed my Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
I was diagnosed with a form of brain damage as a result of repeated head trauma, resulting in chronic migraines. I rarely experience relief from pain, an exception being for a brief period following speaking engagements. I find peace through speaking with incarcerated individuals at the County, State, and Federal levels.