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Born into a family of Baptist missionaries, young Ana's parents expected her life to be happy, faith-filled, and rife with the fruits of God's labor-but it was not to be. At a very young age, Ana was sexually molested. She grew up unlike other kids. Instead of enjoying her childhood, she grew up confused, afraid, and alone. This fear and confusion continued into her teen years and even into adulthood. The ghosts of her past would not let her go-they kept her bound and tied in turmoil.
Child abuse and sexual trafficking are growing concerns as epidemics in culture and society. There are doctors, therapists, and psychologists who believe they have a miracle cure for those suffering the aftereffects of such torture. There are even well-intending church folk who believe they can heal the wounds of an abused child. Author Ana Bellenghi knows from personal experience that it takes more than good intentions - it takes hard work and perseverance.
Ana went through all the conventional treatments including a few unconventional ones. Through all her treatments, she learned over the course of years of pain, depression, and paranoia that only God can truly heal and transform her battered soul. Journey of the Molested is a Christian-based guidebook for parents and professionals such as teachers and doctors, struggling to heal invisible wounds of abused children. Ana breaks the silence about child sexual abuse and wishes to provide support for the abused. She hopes to prevent abuse in the first place by reminding adults it is their full responsibility to protect children and to never, ever harm a child.
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As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Ana Bellenghi is now an Ambassador for children, an advocate for Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention. She is a sojourner wishing to share her story and hopes that it will help others in need. Bellenghi has three adult daughters and lives with her husband. Wherever life's journey takes them, "home" is always where the heart is.
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