Author and public speaker, Yolanda Gardner, announces plans to release a new book where she narrates her ordeal as a survivor of assault from a family member
Yolanda Gardner is looking to take her advocacy for victims of violence a notch higher as the writer and founder of Yolanda’s Hand in Unity, recently announced plans to release a book about the pain and abuse of a minor. The 37-year-old aims to shed light on the ordeals of victims across the globe through her story, following her experience with a family member who assaulted her from age 6 to 14.
“I am a survivor of physical assault from my biological father, from age 6-14. He would assault me while in the same bed with his wife while she was asleep.” – Yolanda Gardner. “I never said anything because he threatened to take me from my grandmother, who was all I had. He is now in prison but no one knows it’s for me.”
Abuse of Minors remains a phenomenon that continues to thrive in society for inexplicable reasons. The situation is even more worrisome in the United States, with the country ranking as one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average 5 children every day to child abuse and neglect. Recent stats have revealed that a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States. Despite the initiatives put in place to end what has been described as a “hidden epidemic,” more needs to be done, especially in encouraging victims to share their stories and help others learn from their experiences. Consequently, Yolanda Gardner has taken the bull by the horn to chronicle her experience with her abusive father and how the trauma continues to haunt her decades after the horrible incident.
Yolanda like most other victims was threatened not to say a word to anyone, including her caring grandmother. However, she has summoned the courage to tell it all in her soon-to-be-released book, which will be an eye-opener for readers on how to identify red flags and an inspiration for them to speak up to ensure perpetrators of this evil act are brought to book.
The public speaker is also the founder of Yolanda’s Hand in Unity, a Texas-based non-profit that focuses on assisting victims of assaults across the state by providing them with dental, medical, and other forms of aid.
For further information about the book as well as the projects championed by Yolanda through Yolanda’s Hand in Unity, visit – www.yolandashandsinunity.com and Facebook.