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I was heavily abused and neglected both physically and mentally as a child. I was also forced to use drugs and alcohol by my siblings and their friends.

Anthony, 56
Incarcerated: 22 years
Housed: Valley State Prison, Chowchilla, California

I was born to a drug and alcohol addicted mother and suffered fetal drug and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. I was heavily abused and neglected both physically and mentally as a child. I was also forced to use drugs and alcohol by my siblings and their friends. My babysitter used to tie me up in ropes just so he didn’t have to watch me. I would scream and cry growing up but no one believed me or cared. I’ve been on suicide watch more than once. One day at the age of four, I was kidnapped in front of my school and thrown into a van. My dad and detectives found me five hundred miles from home in a stranger’s room. I also was bullied as a child. I suffered from a severe learning disorder, but by the grace of God and much PTSD trauma treatment, I didn’t give up, and now I try to help others. I got my GED, and now I’m in college working hard on a sociology degree. I’m also a certified youth facilitator mentor. All my family and my ex-wife have died since I have been in prison, but I am resilient, and thanks to Jesus and hard work I’m happy to be alive.

3 Comments

  • Timothy Galvan says:

    I praise God for you brother Anthony! You are a true testament of the transformative power of Jesus Christ!
    I know your struggles, efforts to change and joy.’ as I was granted a reduced sentence from Gov, Jerry Brown from multiple life sentences.
    Keep up the good work brother as you are His workmanship. being used for good works. Amen!

  • Hank says:

    I’m so proud of Anthony, he’s come so far and worked so hard to straighten out his life. Now he is a mentor, getting A’s in his college work and will be hopefully released soon. The good Lord Jesus has had a profound effect on his life.

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