Taicha Adaiah Rojas:
I am a Survivor, a Pastor’s Kid, a Youth Advocate, a Spoken Faith Poet, and a voice speaking out against injustice.
I was sexually abused from 4 to 8 years old by my father.
When I was 11, I told a friend at school who then told her mom who reassured me that what my dad did wasn’t my fault. She also said I would have to tell my mom. I was afraid.
I felt ashamed that I wasn’t the innocent little girl. Inevitably, there were lots of questions, not just from my mom but from detectives. I felt so depressed, scared and angry.
Two years later, my stepdad was deported back to his country. He was my everything in terms of a father figure. After his deportation my mother, two sisters (age 1 year and 1 week!) and myself were left homeless. I grew more angry and rebelled. I turned to gang life and street violence. And at 16, I met the man that would change my life forever.
I was coerced, exploited, and trafficked by him. I was mentally, physically and, at times, brutally beat by him. He isolated me from family and friends. He threatened to bring harm to my family, and I believed him.
I would run away but never could escape because he was also the father of my child. I believed that I loved him.
My journey hasn’t been easy. But I believe God has made it possible. I am now 32 and my daughter is 14. Her father is 40 years old, in prison, and has been sentenced to 40 years for Human Trafficking.
I share in hopes that my story will transform many lives!