Ms. Ohio USA 2013 (TOT) - Sharnae Lathan
Raising Awareness of Child Safety and Prevention of Child Abuse
My name is Sharnae Lathan. I was abused as a child, by a person I knew and loved. I did not tell my mother about the horrible experiences I endured. I unknowingly repressed the horrific memories, unaware of my childhood trauma. This helped me survive thru the traumatic experiences my mind did not want to recall. It did not protect other children from experiencing the same abuse. I sought counseling. As I worked thru the repressed memories, I unraveled the truth. I was raised by a pedophile and sociopath. I experienced a cocktail of depression. I was warned of this battle, to avoid it at all cost, to just move on. I can't. I won't. Not when I know of the incredible damage child abuse will cause. I fear for the safety of all children experiencing abuse. Then I realized what was to be feared most. Silence. I began speaking out against Child Abuse on Thanksgiving Day 2012. I fight to combat the silence of children traumatized due to abuse. Every day I grow stronger. Every day my voice becomes louder. Together we will Raise Awareness of Child Safety and End Child Abuse.
On December 6, 2012, I decided to fight back. I realized my voice held the key to my strength. I began a sharing my experiences with others, which released me from my shame. That day, I no longer carried the shame I was inflicted with. That day I turned that shame over to it's rightful owner, the abuser. That day was the beginning of my life. I will never turn back. I use my experience and passion to fight on behalf of our children and community. "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." If we are open to renew our minds, we can make a sudden change in our lives, "In a twinkling of an eye, They will be caught up and transformed!"
I dedicate my strength and growth to my mother and the children of my family and community. I pray for my abuser and others inflicted with this sickness to harm children. I pray for my abuser and others inflicted with this sickness to harm children. I pray they are able to get treatment and restraints from children to allow victims to heal. I hope to honor the children and adults of my family by sharing our experiences to create a safe haven for our youth.
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