Amanza Smith said having children helped her come to terms with the alleged abuse she suffered between the ages of 3 and 11 years old.
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“I put on a very strong face, which comes from the fact that from the time I was three years old, I was sexually abused by someone very close to me, and I had to pretend it was not happening,” she recalled to the publication. Amanza, who was allegedly abused until she was 11 years old, said she felt like she had “no safe place” as a child. She also kept a guard up and even denied her past — until she could no longer do so.
“Until God gave me a baby girl, it did not click. It hit me one day when my daughter was almost two, and I was pregnant with my son,” she explained. “I imagined everything that happened to me happening to her. And it changed everything. Suddenly everything made sense. All of the things I had struggled with in my teens, addiction in my 20s, ways I felt I failed, was not motivated, and felt in some way different from my friends.”
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