“NEVER IN A THOUSAND YEARS would I imagine waking up one day in an abusive relationship with absolutely nowhere to go.” This book tells the story of a woman's unexpected journey from a privileged upbringing in Shanghai to an abusive relationship in America. Despite coming from an educated family, she finds herself isolated and battered in a foreign land, far away from her relatives. The author describes her struggles to find refuge, from staying on people's couches to enduring exploitation and assault. She reflects on her psychological challenges, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety, and traces these issues back to the absence of her father's love during her childhood.
The author's experience highlights the cultural and societal pressures she faced, with boys being favored over girls in her society. She strives to prove her worthiness to her family, but eventually realizes that she doesn't need their validation to be strong and capable. Over time, she transforms her life through resilience and determination, becoming a symbol of triumph over adversity. She achieves remarkable accomplishments, such as receiving the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming Ms. Texas, a TEDx Speaker, and a Survivor Leader on national human trafficking survivor leadership councils.
The book offers insights into her healing journey and provides guidance for survivors on overcoming challenges and trauma. It explains the dynamics of gender-based violence for education and prevention. It also serves as a training companion book for law enforcement and victim service providers in offering trauma-informed, survivor-centered, and culturally sensitive care for survivors of gender-based violence. The book's message is one of empowerment, encouraging readers to find their own strength in the face of darkness and adversity, and to pursue their true selves without limits.
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