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Georgia child abuse victim interview: 'The Road Beyond Abuse' discussed

Sunday mornings are filled with praise and worship in church buildings across the South, but when one grandmother began to jingle her keys to leave her home and go to her place of worship there were three little black grandchildren who began to shake with fear and trembling.

That's because Johnnetta McSwain and her sister and male cousin were forced to endure severe child incestand abuse by three older male cousins while their mother's mother went off to church. And on Jan. 25, in a phone conversation with this past abuse victim, the Atlanta Top News Examiner learned why other children who suffer such abuse ask this question of McSwain when she goes to tell them how she overcame her victimization: How can you believe and talk about God when he allowed this to happen to you and to me?

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Will Triumphs Over All

Johnnetta Speaking at Kubasaki High School JapanOKINAWA, Japan — Students at Kubasaki High School listened to a harrowing story of childhood abuse and one woman’s miraculous ability to overcome repeated trauma during her visit to the school on October 26. Life development coach Johnnetta McSwain delivered a speech that deeply moved students in the audience. Two of those students, Taylor Welch and Jessica Meno, wrote an article describing their experience. DoDEA Okinawa District is pleased to share their work, titled “Will Triumphs Over All.” Read more...

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Beating The Odds

By Sabbaye McGriff

Johnnetta KSU article

At Kennesaw State, Johnnetta McSwain reached a major milepost on her life journey, from a life marred by childhood sexual abuse and an ensuing downward spiral, to one that portends a promising future as a motivational speaker, writer and consultant.

In a Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) documentary titled “The Road Beyond Abuse,”which aired in April 2009, McSwain – a 2006 KSU graduate – credits her alma mater with rescuing her and restoring her faith in humanity. Read more...

The Road Beyond Abuse (Excerpt)

Courtesy of Georgia Public Broadcasting
For full documentary click here