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Johnette McSwain

Woman Rises Above Abuse to Inspire Others

Born to an alcoholic mother and an absent father, Johnetta McSwain found odds unceremoniously stacked against her even as she drew her first breath. By age five, she was raped and repeatedly tied-up, beaten, choked, threatened and tormented by her three uncles while in the custody of her grandparents. Her sister and male cousin experienced the same appalling treatment. At the tender age of eight, when most little girls can enjoy carefree security within the sanctuary of their homes, Johnnetta had contracted syphilis in hers. (Article on

The Road Beyond Abuse (Excerpt)

Courtesy of Georgia Public Broadcasting
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