My name is Violet Newborn, born May 27, 1979, in Inglewood, California. I am an Adult Survivor of a myriad of personal and tragic challenges. However, at the age of 5, I realized drawing and coloring helped me escape the terrors of my daily reality of traumatic experiences and protracted neglect. As a result, I stopped creating art due to not feeling worthy of an escape or peace. That passion remained hidden inside of my innocence for the next 30 years. As an adult, I paint and write full time. My platform is to accompany others through their shadows and valleys of death's journey and into unconditional love, towards our Saviour Jesus Christ. For even in the depths of hell, he came and answered me by showing me the light that leads towards my resilience. I plan to join the fight to eradicate child abuse from the earth one inner child at a time. I personally recall being ignored, overlooked and red flags shunned away by hundreds of social workers, caseworkers, local authorities, and the foster care system before the age of 18. As a student at the University of Memphis, I hope by becoming a social worker I can be humbled by their caseload and yet never be too weary to ignore the signs of abuse and neglect. I realized I can use my energy to effectively help a child than spend another 40 years full of spite and rage. My perspective can allow me, as a published author, visual & narrative arts, and public speaker, to can become credible and clear. And at the end of the day be able to be living, breathing, and creating as an African American woman. I'm a great example that if I could survive and thrive without intervention, prevention, nor rescue, then those with the appropriate support, prevention, and policies in place would have a better chance of being added to the "no child to be left behind" statistics. After obtaining my bachelor's degree, however, my goal will be to continue for a master's and Ph.D. in Social Work to become a Welfare Social Worker. As a survivor of incest, neglect, and trauma-fueled addictions.
While many prisoners both male & female have abusive pasts in common, incarcerated women & girls have a greater statistical likelihood of experiencing physical and sexual trauma. So many silent victims become offenders trying to communicate the trauma of their inner child.
The resulting pain often helps drive them into the most frequent convictions for women: substance abuse, prostitution, and crime to support addictions and themselves.