02 April 2019

Monster left me depressed and scared

Rose lived with fear and depression after she was repeatedly sexually abused by a relative when she was 14 years old.

"Our relative visited my grandmother's house where I also lived every month. He slept on the floor in the kitchen with us while my grandmother slept in the bedroom. At night when everyone was sleeping, he forced himself on me.  I told my grandmother, but she did not believe me. That left me angry, bitter and sad," said Rose.

Trying to escape her situation, Rose run away from her grandmother’s house when she was 16 years old.

"I felt, I could no longer take the pain I suffered. I took my siblings with me because I did not want them to go through the ordeal I went through. We slept on the street for one night before a stranger offered us a place to stay. Three days later, the police came looking for us because our grandmother had reported us missing.

They took us back to my grandmother. She was angry and punished us by not giving us food to eat. My situation depressed me so much that I decided to drop out of school in grade nine because I was not coping with my studies. I later found a job and moved to my own place with my siblings," said Rose.

In 2006 she was invited to the Universal Church and attended the services.

"I learned that the first step to my healing from the painful past was forgiveness. I then surrendered my heaviness and sadness to God and trusted Him for the healing of my soul. I was able to forgive my grandmother for not believing me and the man who sexually abused me. That freed me from my depression and gave me hope for a new life," said Rose.

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