I suffered sexual abuse from 7 to 12 years old. I had never told anyone. The first person to know was my wife almost 5 years ago when we met.

My mother is an alcoholic, most people in my family are also, so I couldn’t tell anyone what happened to me. It is still difficult to overcome but gradually I will be 100%.

I’m 24 years, I’m married, and I’m really happy with my life. I’m a survivor and I’m so proud of myself because I know that I’m strong!

I know that I’m not alone. I am thankful every single day for being alive. That’s what matters most. And I want to send a lot of strength to all the survivors. We’re not alone.

-Mafe, Survivor

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