I Gave Up On God . . .

LaTrossica Wilson | Contributor

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APRIL, 2017

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As a child, I was introduced to incest and sexual abuse at the tender age of 8 years old. My uncle who is now deceased, started grooming me into sexual favors by buying me things he knew that I liked. He threatened me that if I told, that I would get in trouble. So I didn’t tell anyone.

By the time I was 12yrs old he penetrated me and my younger brothers heard my screams. Since my mom was a drug addict at the time she was on the streets and my dad had not been too long released from prison for domestic violence. I begged my brothers not to tell but they did. My aunt sent her husband to prison for the crime but later allowed him to come back into the home once he was released.

I asked God to forgive me for my hatred and to show me how to love myself again.–LaTrossica Wilson

By 16yrs old I had experienced homelessness and moved around from house to house until my dad found out and decided that I come live with him. He was and still is a preacher in Memphis. He raped me when I was 16yrs old. When I got away from this abuse, I landed in the hands of another abuser. My oldest daughter’s father. We were teens when we met, but I suffered black eyes and a broken heart from my time with him.

I will not be silent again.

I gave up on God and tried to kill myself many times. But all of my attempts were only attempts. I then realized in my mid-20s, that I needed to forgive the people that hurt me. I asked God to forgive me for my hatred and to show me how to love myself again. I forgave my uncle and my dad walked me down the aisle at my wedding. By 2015 I published my first book “Turning Pain into Power” and went public with my story. My dad nor his family will have anything to do with me. I even had to have a cousin arrested for harassment. I’ve been married 7 years to a wonderful husband who respects and loves me for me. I have two amazing children and I have accepted God back into my life. I’m proud to say that I may have been raped and beaten physically but not mentally. I still have my mind. To God I give all the glory and for that, I will not be silent again. I will continue to be the voice for the voiceless.

LaTrossica Wilson

LaTrossica Wilson

Executive Director | A World of Miracles

Author of the book Turning Pain into Power entailing the story of a teen who escapes sexual abuse by her father. Executive Director of A World of Miracles a non-profit organization offering tutoring for ages pre k-12th grade including special needs. She’s the founder of the movement No More Silence Memphis where her team offers education and support for families who have been faced with incest rape and sexual abuse.

I founded No More Silence Memphis in 2015, born from my pain, I will continue fighting to help end the silence around the culture of child incest, rape, and sexual abuse. Thank you Just My Memphis for the opportunity to share my story, I hope to help others end their silence.

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