My professional shot for LinkedIn made me feel I was someone important, worthy of being taken seriously. Many people didn't think I would become someone who is worthy of an opinion.
My parents were born in Bangladesh and moved here in the 70s and we resided in Wales. I have a big family made up of four brothers and sisters. When I was 15 years old, my older sister left home to live a life of happiness with her fiancé. My father was not happy with this news and the community that I lived in did not find it acceptable either. My father and uncles were mortified and said she had brought shame to the family and their reputation was ruined.
Soon afterwards, I and my younger siblings were taken to Bangladesh for the summer holidays, but we ended up staying there for 11 months in total. For the first six months, I enjoyed exploring my culture and the experiences of my parents’ homeland. Until my father told me that I would be getting married. Unknown to me, all along I was being held like a prisoner.
I soon got married to a man twice my age. I got raped until I became pregnant as a guarantee for his child to be British born and to enable him to come over to the UK. I fell seriously ill and came home. I also tried to take my own life. I didn’t succeed and became desperate, so I ran away from home with another man and had a second child from an abusive relationship. I lived my life in a dysfunctional way and became very depressed...
For the past six years I have focused on personal development and education. I have started to enjoy my life and work towards achieving my passions and hobbies, which I did not have before.
I am now a Galaxy Pageant Queen and involved with raising awareness and fundraising for various causes. I stand before you as a proud Survivor Ambassador to share my experiences in order to raise awareness on situations that are happening today, here in the UK.
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