Sexual abuse survivor bravely waives right to anonymity to write book about experiences

Date published: 25 November 2021

A survivor of sexual abuse has bravely waived her right to anonymity to write a book about her experiences.

Kália Vanessa Monteiro Foretes, 34, of Rochdale, launched her book ‘Me Against the World: personal guerrilla” to friends and family at the Castlemere Banqueting Hall on Saturday 13 November.

Brave Kália describes her debut book as “a small testimony” of her life.

She said: “At first I was scared about whether I would have been judged for it because of all my past experiences and how people may view me. As time went by, I started to realise that it didn’t matter what others thought of me, as long as I am able to spread the word and help others.”

Kália now plans to help others through their abusive traumas and experiences, adding: “I now plan to take part in speeches where I speak to young people in particular to try to help them overcome their traumas and experiences, not just with sexual abuse but with other types of abuse.

“I would like to do as much possible to encourage others not to keep these types of things to themselves and not to fear speaking out.

“I would like them to feel like they have someone to relate to and see that they’re not alone.”

Kália’s book is available as both a paperback and Kindle e-book via Amazon.

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