Oh, I am so blessed. Please God allow me to give back! Please allow me to get over the fact that I might be a little nervous about the book release today. That I might be hesitant about what will happen next. That I’m still slow to come out of my shell, and that I still hold all my insecurities in different degrees at different times. Lord, in these days help me to get over myself and out of your way! That’s my prayer tonight, and this is my day, the day my book was published.
I’m so grateful for all the support from friends, family, and people I have only briefly met. I’m proud to be on this side of the book release, but also humbled, as so many young girls who aspire to be women just like me, do not and may not ever make it out. For all those girls … I want to say that I know it’s not easy. It’s not easy to face injustice. It’s not easy to be arrested after being raped. It’s not easy to be facing charges that make no sense, and men that just want to use you again and again that you can’t get away from. It’s hard out there and in every way I’m still with you!
Please borrow any strength I have, take the good things that come your way, including what people may start to give back to you — they may not have acted before, it may have seemed like no one cared, but they are acting now — and they are acting now because they are only NOW learning, only NOW realizing, only NOW seeing you as they see any other child. And you are a child. You are aspiring to become someone. You have potential and the acts that were done to you are not going determine who you become or what you will do!
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