I am a survivor of many different types of abuse. I was a victim of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse for 20yrs. I never knew that this could happen to me. I had heard my friends talk about it for so long but never did I believe that I would live it. I was sexually abused as a child, ages 4,7,11 and 13, I didn’t realize that what was being done to me was wrong. How would I know, I was just a kid. I almost got raped at age 16 by a boyfriend I had at that time, we were only dating for a few months. I got away and never saw him again. I went through physical and emotional abuse until I was 25 years old and I was also hospitalized on one occasion when I was 23. I almost died and didn’t realize till it was too late. I was beaten till I was black and blue. I remember the heat on my face from blood running down it and the pains that would not stop no matter how hard I clenched my stomach. I was in such excruciating pain that I could hardly breathe. I was sick and tired of the relationship but did not dare to walk away from my abuser. In August, 2007 things changed in my life.