I have had many painful life experiences that I am willing to share with you. My biological mother left me in the hospital when I was born. I was blessed to be adopted by a wonderful woman who took care of me and loved me as her own. I remember having a good life until my adoptive mother died when I was six year old. From there, I went to live with my grandmother, then she died. At that point, I began living between my sister and my father. That's when everything when down hill. I was eight years old at this time. As the youngest, I felt alone and didn't have anyone to talk to about what I was going through. Aside from that, I lived with my aunt and that was hell. So, me and my sister decided that we should go into the custody of Children's Protective Services. That was okay, but there was a lot of emotional and mental abuse, etc. there as well. I joined No More Victims when I was in the tenth grade at M. B. Smiley High School in Houston, TX. I joined because I needed and wanted a family who I could talk to and who would listen to me and not judge me... just love me. I thought life would get better and easier as I got older and finally getting out on my own and further away from my childhood. It didn't. It got even harder. I have just learned to live my life day by day. I continue to have my NMV family's support to help me work through life. I come to the NMV facility weekly and support the younger kids who are now where I once was in my childhood. Our NMV family is forever and I will always give back and appreciate what was given to me. I graduated from high school and I am interested in joining the military....I am not going to prison.
La'Trice Jenkins, Veteran Member, 4 years