The ‘abused becomes the abuser’ storyline can quickly become tiring.
Berit McMillan, a child abuse victim herself, has flipped the script and dedicated her life to helping children and educating the public about her cause.
Becoming Berit is the memoir of Berit McMillan, a retired schoolteacher who writes about her tragic childhood. While growing up, McMillan was juggled between many homes and schools. She grew up in poverty and suffered the loss of two fathers by the age of nine. None of these were the most difficult experience in her life. McMillan was sexually abused at a young age. This is her story of survival, perseverance and success.
“This book is written to raise awareness to an underreported issue,” says McMillan. “Most abused children do not willingly share their experiences. It is up to us to act as mentors and advocates to children.”
By writing this memoir, McMillan hopes to attract other survivors to speak out against abuse. She also wants readers to realize that those who are abused as children do not usually grow up to be abusers themselves. McMillan’s actually dedicated her career to educating children. Even though there are tragic aspects to her memoir, McMillan believes that there is much to be gained by listening to others’ experiences.
“We can enrich our own lives simply by listening to the experiences of others,” says McMillan. “I hope that my story can touch the lives of many.”
By Berit McMillan
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