A Powerful Memoir About Survival: “CONTROLLED” by Neesha Arter

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So today’s a pretty big day in my life.

When I was fourteen years old, I was sexually assaulted by two people I had no reason to mistrust. In a whirlwind of legal proceedings, family conflicts, and loss of identity, I developed anorexia in hopes of finding my childhood self in an unraveling world.

Four years after that, I wrote the first draft of my memoir, CONTROLLED, about that year of my life as a freshman in college. Six years after that, now being 24 years old, the book is finally out today.

The road has not been paved with gold, but the reason I had so much determination to get this book published was for teen girls today, and the next generation, and the following generation. I think sexual assault and eating disorders and two prevalent issues that won’t be going away anytime soon and I want people to know they don’t have to go through them alone. One day I realized that my past should be my strength, not my weakness.

You can order the book here.

 

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