Sex abuse survivor: I’m taking my life back, I’m not your victim anymore
This is Galina Velas.
She was sexually abused by her stepfather, Mihail Bourduk, and she wants you to hear her story.
Bourduk, who lives in Torbay with his second wife, did things to Velas that were described as “repugnant” in court. As a result, she lost control of her life.
She battled bulimia for 15 years, the stomach acid from throwing up constantly destroying 17 of her teeth.
She lost two chances at motherhood – one to abortion, the other to adoption – because she was not living a good or a safe life and did not feel she should bring a child into the world.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.