As the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women took place on Wednesday 25th November 2015, I wanted to give an important message to women and girls across the globe, who have experienced violence at some stage of their lives:
You can reclaim your future and heal from the pain. It may be a struggle, it might not be a walk in the park, but with determination, faith, hope and the right support network, you can overcome difficult and traumatic experiences and you can enjoy a bright future and a fulfilling life.
On this journey of healing, you are not alone. There will always be help and support out there. This support could be in the form of friends, family, counsellors, helplines and organisations. Never be afraid to ask your support network and professionals for help, advice or guidance.
Through singing and by getting help from her family, friends and professionals, Alena Pavlis, the teenage protagonist in my novel, UnShatter Me, is able to heal and recover from her traumatic past.
The main message in my book is: Never allow anyone or anything to steal your future. Reclaim your destiny. Start today.
Together, we can end the violence against women and girls.