I have created a relationship with a special young lady, Raven Faith. She has demonstrated an immeasurable determination and giving spirit. I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Raven for many years and while our friendship has had some periods of time where we lost contact, each time we reconnected she has continued to have another remarkable development in her life to share with me. Most recently she finished writing a book “Perfectly Broken”, that is both her life story and has been an inspiration to so many young people that I requested to share her personally journey with Karma. Allow me to provide you some background on this amazing lady.
From the outside looking in, you’d never imagine that Raven Faith is a survivor of unimaginable abuse, hardships, and abandonment. Perhaps this is why the children at the schools and youth groups where she speaks are spellbound when she starts sharing her story.
Raven Faith survived a severely abusive childhood suffering physical, mental, and psychological abuse as well as starvation, isolation, and being twice abandoned. After escaping her abusive home, she suffered many other traumatic experiences such as being kidnapped, stalked, poisoned, robbed, and hit by an 18-wheeler truck which resulted in a near fatal accident and collapsed spine. Through it all she continues to have a constant smile on her face and compassion in her heart.
Due to her background, she speaks passionately and with great authority about abuse issues and has dedicated her life to helping others stop the cycle of abuse. A former model, now a motivational speaker, life-long activist against domestic violence, founder of a charity and a counselor to youth, her book, “Perfectly Broken” was an effort to both further propel her charitable efforts as well as to expose many forms of abuse and issues that affect the youth of America, such as the domestic trafficking of children in this country.
“Perfectly Broken” chronicles three generations of dysfunction from 1935 to 2013 taking the reader on a journey from the heights of being in a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria to abject poverty and homelessness which starts in India, leads to Europe and culminates in the U.S.
Part of Raven’s coping mechanisms as she suffered through her childhood was writing, and she always knew that if she could just survive long enough to write it, that her story would help others.
As it turns out she was right!
Her story will put smile on your face, warmth in your heart, a tear in your eye… and make you glad that you have such good Karma.
The impact she has had on some many young people is captured here by a few of her fans.
I am a 15-year old severely abused victim:
“Reading about your childhood stories was like looking into a mirror because of the similarities of our abuse… and through this book I’ve learned how to forgive, move past my suicidal feelings & cutting tendencies and smile again… and because you survived your family, I believe I can survive too.”
I am a bullying victim:
“Perfectly Broken has given me a lot of encouragement. I am 17 years old. Without this book I would have never stopped cutting myself and trying to kill myself because I was made fun of due to my weight. I no longer cut myself… I thank God for allowing her to write this book. I am alive today because of it!”
These are just a few of the many stories of appreciation that these young people have expressed. Being raised with a typical “victim’s code of silence” mentality, Raven originally intended to write her story under a pen-name. It was not until she started speaking at schools and youth groups that she realized that she needed to publicly own the abuse she went through regardless of the repercussions and retaliatory comments that would inevitably follow.
Raven has made a free version of her book available to victims of abuse to her audience and the response has been profoundly powerful. She looks forward to the day she is able to partner with others so she can travel nationwide to promote her book and help others heal through candid discussions.
Abuse knows no boundaries. It’s not limited to any ethnicity or socio-economic category, and there are millions of adults in this country walking wounded because our society has fostered a culture in which we are expected to just get over whatever has happened to us. Even some of the most successful people hide deep scars beneath shining accomplishments as they suffer in silence.
The sole purpose of writing “Perfectly Broken” was to start changing our culture, conversation and views about victims of abuse. By demystify the cycle of abuse victims have an opportunity to overcome.
“Perfectly Broken” offers a riveting and raw look into how the cycle of abuse is passed down from generation to generation. Deeply personal and revealing, it explores the stories from every person’s point of view as it is happening… the victim, the abuser, the on-looking family members, apathetic observers, and the occasional compassionate activist trying to help intervene and stop the violence. After carefully developing all the characters involved, the detailed accounts as new generations of “monsters are created” and young innocent lives are victimized and destroyed offers an intimate understanding of how these cycles are perpetuated. As excruciating as this was to write, it was born out of Raven’s single passion in life… to create something of value through her experiences that would help others get through whatever obstacles they are facing.
If you would like to purchase the book or would like to contact Raven directly please let me know and I will be glad to provide you her information.
You can also purchase her book directly www.amzn.com/B00B4KBRBQ
I am currently working with Raven on a part 2 of her journey that will include a promotional video and will include some wonderful strategic partners. I am captivated by her journey and effort that through her love how she helps our youth overcome any challenge, to have a better life and a shows them the path to get there