I’ll always be that Puerto Rican girl from the South Bronx who survived a violent and traumatic childhood. My severely dysfunctional family included child molesters, drug dealers, domestic violence abusers and had me frightened all of the time. I lived on guard to protect myself. Even so, I still fell prey to the stranger who abducted and raped me when I was nine.
After being released by the rapist, I had to find my way back to our apartment – although I wasn’t sure where I was. Please watch my TEDx Talk here to learn about how my resilience helped me cope, especially when I was diagnosed with PTSD.