BRABHAM resident Kayleen Greagen-Castle will launch her debut book Red Raw in Belmont this month, celebrating her stormy journey through life.
Greagen-Castle said she was proud of her autobiography, having spoken out about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child for the first time on social media in 2016.
She became a voice for other survivors and her video has been watched about 14,000 times.
“I lived a pretty rough life and weathered many storms, but I pushed through the other side,” she said.
“Having my picture taken, as a 12-year-old, I felt truly beautiful for the first time in my life.
“For a fleeting moment in a lifetime of trauma, I felt loved and cherished.
“As a child, I lived in fear of losing those I loved if the awful truth were made public.
“By age 20, with poor life skills and a one-year-old baby, I felt I had lived decades beyond my years.
“My terrible choices landed me in a jail cell, and life was an absolute mess.
“At age 30, I made an impulsive decision which left me extremely exposed and vulnerable, shaken to my core.
“It was a turning point in my life, but to get to the sunshine, you’ve got to weather the storm.”
The author said she wanted to inspire others with her story.
“I’m deeply passionate about empowering women, especially young women and hope to continue impacting lives in a positive way.”
The book launch will be at Centenery Park Community Centre in Belmont on Monday, October 15 from 6pm to 8pm.
Book tickets at http://perth-book-launch.eventbrite.com.au/
Tickets include a copy of the book and there will be tea and coffee, nibbles, book signing and giveaways.