Mental Health Chat Episode 3: Sexual Abuse = Escorting

**Originally broadcasted on Facebook Live.
I received a letter from a girl named Alana James, and in the letter she talked about how she was sexually and physically abused by her father and mother and how she felt that she had no other alternative in life than to escort in Washington DC. To read the letter, please visit:

Trauma in childhood often leads to maladaptive coping behaviors such as prostitution (I hate that word!), drugs and alcohol, eating disorders and more. In my new memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, out now on, I talk about the dangerous and potentially deadly behaviors I engaged in as a result of the severe abuse I endured in my youth.

If you or someone you know would like to get out of escorting, please visit Women’s Law:
For more resources regarding help for eating disorders and trauma, please visit the National Eating Disorders Association:, The Project Heal:, and Peaceful Hearts Foundation:

Thank you to everyone who came, next week we will discuss more issues regarding mental health, remember that there is NO SHAME 🙂