Dusana Michaels became a victim of incest as a child, but “victim” is hardly a word to call her now. Michaels has dedicated her life to overcoming the trauma she faced at an early age by addressing issues one by one and empowering others to do the same.
“My perpetrator took my childhood,” Michaels said. “But my adulthood belongs to me.”
Michaels’ new book “Chopping the Onion” is one resilient woman’s journey through recovery after enduring the unthinkable. The Aurora, Col., resident teaches about practicing forgiveness and finding self-worth without going into graphic details of individual occurrences.
The author’s abuse is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident: The National Center for Victims of Crime reports 20 percent of girls and five percent of boys are victims of childhood sexual abuse; 75 percent of adolescents who were victimized were perpetrated upon by someone they know well.
Michaels hopes offering her perspective will help other victims of abuse know that they are not alone and that recovery is possible.