One of our good friends who has is Leah. A survivor, mother, advocate, speaker, and author, Leah has dedicated her life to being a TRANSFORMER: changing her past into a bright future and paying it forward by helping others transform.
Growing up impoverished, having an absent father, and a mother who struggled with substances and abusive relationships, Leah faced challenges a young girl never should. At six years old Leah was molested for the first time, but not the last. By the time she turned 18 she felt that her only value was in her body and what it could do for others, so when she saw the advertisement to dance at a strip club it seemed like a good opportunity.
In the beginning I had been very short with him. As we became close, he became more vulnerable in our conversations. Late night texts fluttered into my inbox and he became more vulnerable with his words. "I need you, I need you in my life," he'd say. "You're perfect for me."
Seeing him gave me comfort, and I began to feel that maybe he was just like other "normal" men. He acted interested in me and constantly complimented me. Being persistent was what built my trust in him. He was the perfect man any woman could ever dream of. He was physically in great shape, smooth with his words, sensitive to my needs, financially pursued me, took me out and was spontaneous.
His compliments snuck through the cracks of my broken heart and he fluttered my ears with sweet words. Most importantly, he showed me that he cared about my feelings and listened to me. Thus I adored his companionship even more... It was like a fairy-tale that could potentially come true.
Excerpts from "Game Over", by Leah Rogers
The unofficial kickoff to The Game for me was the very moment he laid his eyes on me at the strip club. He was set on recruiting me from that very moment. The way he had looked at me and treated me, was my subliminal introduction and I was completely unaware of it at the time.
Check out Leah's viral video below, and her full story in her book "Game Over".