Diann Diaz grew up in a dysfunctional home in a small town in Maine. At the age of fourteen, she was raped by a family member. The lack of support and understanding left her feeling worthless as a child. The desire to be loved and feel secure led her from one vicious domestic violence relationship to the next. She had to find the strength to be strong for herself, but most importantly, for her son.
Diann started teaching violence prevention to middle and high school students. She also became an emergency advocate, supporting victims of abuse in the police stations and hospitals. However, working with victims of trauma and struggling with her own past trauma, Diann faced declining mental health.
Could she rise above the difficulties and succeed in bringing some dignity and happiness back into her life?
This thought-provoking memoir also provides national resources and definitions for abuse victims and those with some mental health illnesses.
TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 2021