A Shattered Mind: One Woman's Story of Survival and Healing
Twelve-year-old Dauna found herself sitting on a stool in the middle of a dilapidated barn. The cold metal of a gun was pressed against her temple. 'You have a choice. Have sex with each man here. If you refuse...we will put this gun to your head and pull the trigger.' Dauna did not know if she would survive this game of Russian roulette. Either way, she would lose. If the gun did not kill her, the repeated rapes by the men surrounding her could very well kill her spirit. Imagine a world where your very first memories are of sexual abuse, where molestation and rape are a childhood norm, and where your own family members do not protect you, but instead are the source of your torment. For Dauna Cole, this nightmare was reality. A Shattered Mind is her story of survival through horrific abuse and of her lifelong struggle to overcome the psychological and emotional aftermath. After being removed from her home by Child Services, Dauna thought her suffering was over, but it was just beginning as she worked to put the fractured memories of the past and the pieces of herself back together again.
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A Shattered Mind, is a breath-taking true account of the sheer willpower of an amazing human being. Not only was it a fast read but I couldn’t put it down. From the start Dauna’s writing enthralled me and I was absorbed in her creative diction and incredible storytelling. Mrs. Dauna Cole I can honest say you are an inspiration to us all and everyone should read this stunningly crafted story of a woman overcoming life-altering events. It is heart-wrenching, breathtaking, sorrowful and brilliant.
You are a very special person. God has a purpose for your life To go throught all that and be discriminated against is an atrocity. Our society needs to not put a stigma on people who they call mental. It's an awful thing to do - to people who have already gone throught hell. I agree more understanding, more kindness, and more compassion. Congratulations to you. Thankyou for writing this. God loves You with a far greater love than the people in the world can offer you. God Bless You. Excellent
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