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How one brave survivor overcame childhood trauma

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By Charlotte Grieve

Warning: This article may contain content which may disturb some readers.

Kallena is a 52-year-old survivor of childhood sexual abuse who still lives with the effects of the trauma she experienced in her younger years.

The brave survivor tells SBS that she was abused by her mother and raped by her father on a regular basis from age four to 25.

“As a little kid, when your parents tell you the way we do things in our family is the correct way, you believe them,” Kallena tells SBS.

“You’ve got no context. You’re not aware of comparisons. You can’t think, ‘hang on, what’s happening in our family is not the right thing, it’s not okay for me to be raped at night by my dad.”



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