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It is refreshing when I hear and read survivor stories...The "survivor" attitude is something I can relate to...and it's great to see people go from "victim" to "survivor". During my journey as a survivor, I've met some great people along the way. One of those is Aprel Phelps Downey. On this page is more information on Aprel's book, "Mending The Broken Parts". It's not always easy to make the journey to survivor.

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In his autobiography, Adam Starks provides a valiantly candid account of the turbulence faced during his years leading up to and while in foster care. In a path breaking twist from other well-written memoirs of former foster youth, his story reflects on the acting out that ensued as a result of a constant sense of instability in the world around him. 

Amid his internal struggles, Adam properly attributes his ability to remain steadfast toward achieving his successful breakaway from the cycle to his education and the ones who gathered around him during his times of need. 

His story provides inspiration for anyone searching for a sign of strength to relate to their own struggle. Broken Child Mended Man is a testimony for anyone who wants to overcome trials in their life and realize their ultimate worth.

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From early childhood, Rosa finds herself in a constant struggle of survival where she is let down by every adult around her except her dear grandfather, Nonno. But Nonno, her only stability in life, has to leave for Italy and then her parents subsequently divorce. Her mother’s work means Rosa is left in the most dangerous hands possible; the hands of a sexual predator. 

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While this book doesn't fall in-line with Child Abuse, it does tell a remarkable story about SURVIVAL after a trauma. This book also hits somewhat close to home as I both live and work in the city in which this happened. When I first joined Annapolis Police, I did not know Jennifer Wheately-Wolf. In 2010, I heard the rumblings of a "cold case". I then began looking into the case. I discovered that some of my co-workers had worked this case.

 

You see, back in 1988, Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf became the victim of one of the most serious crimes imaginable. For many years, the person responsible had walked free from prosecution....until a fingerprint hit came back in 2010 and the case moved full steam ahead. It wasn't until things were in motion that I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and see the outcome of the case. It was Jennifer's book that helped me continue my growth as a survivor and not a victim. It is for this reason, I feel her book is important, even for survivors of child abuse. Jennifer has also been a huge supporter of this website and our mission in helping others.Please check out her book...you will not regret it!

 

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