My family has always been very dear to me. We don’t see each other because we live in different countries, but we are always in contact. I come from a family with three brothers, and I am the only girl out of the bunch.
Before coming to the UCKG HelpCentre, Sonjay’s priorities seemed disordered. She was eager to stand out for the approval of others, but at the same time, Sonjay lacked ambition and determination in other areas of her life. “I was very insecure, shy, and full of complexes. This made me seek ways to receive attention. […]
Peta-Kay had a secure job, but, due to unfavourable conditions, she decided to resign for another job that offered her a better salary. However, only after resigning from her previous employment did she realise that she would be required to work on Sundays in the new job.
I suffered from spiritual attacks where, during the night, I would feel my body being touched and I would see my bed covers move away from my body. But the problems didn’t stop here; I would also hear voices – even though I didn’t take drugs.
My brother was involved in many gang-related activities. He used to sell and smoke weed; he would get into a lot of fights with people around our area, so he would be out on the streets and carry a gun around with him for protection.
I remember my childhood clearly, when I lived back home in Brazil. I can recall the beatings, the abuse, the abandonment and the unhappiness. My mother beat me for any and every reason until my body was covered in bruises. One day she did it with a football boot; I thought I was going to die.