Abuse Victim Helps "Light the Way" for Abuse Prevention

By Rachel Martin

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 7:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Nine out of ten boys who grow up in an abusive home are twice as likely to become abusive—that from an author who's lived through child abuse and domestic violence. Monday night she helped "Light the Way" in Whitley county by making it her life's mission to break the cycle of abuse.

"I bared my soul and became transparent because I wanted kids to feel that it's not just them,” said April Maley, author and child abuse victim.

April Maley is a survivor. After growing up in an abusive household, Maley's goal is to raise awareness of child abuse and domestic violence, and to let families know there is always a way out.

"Nobody talks about it. Nobody wants to talk about it, but they need to because kids are dying everyday because people don't want to get involved. Women are dying everyday,” she said.

Since April is Child Abuse Prevention month, the Salvation Army of Whitley County is recognizing the need and asked Maley to share her story Monday night at their event, “Light the Way” to Child Abuse Prevention and Education. In her book, I Will Not Be Silent, Maley reflects back to when she was 9-years-old and living through the abuse.

"I spent so much of my childhood not even understanding what alcoholism was. I thought it was just normal, you know, and obviously it's not. And the beatings...I mean 30 to 40 at one time is not normal."

Maley says nine out of ten boys who grow up in an abusive household are twice as likely to become violent. That's why Maley has made it her life's mission to break the cycle of abuse.

"There are resources and there are people that will help, but we need more people to stand up and help and make themselves available to these young kids because unfortunately there are tons of kids in foster care because of this issue."

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