By Laurel Hall
Published: November 18, 2011.
At age four, Emma was sexually abused by neighborhood boys—abuse that continued for four years. With no one to tell, not even her parents, her life was filled with pain, shame and misery. She handled her emotional anguish the only way she knew how: by making plenty of mistakes, giving in to anger, suffering mental illness and anxiety attacks, and living a life devoid of joy or self-love.