The author talks about experiences that affect people from diverse communities world wide.
This story is so horrific, you'll ask yourself did this take place in a third world country?, No, right here in the United States of America. This type of abuse, mis-use, the exploitation of children and adults is still taking place right here in the USA also.
Although THE STREETS, MY CRADLE is a horrible story, it is also an amazing one because un-like so many others, the author of this story survived!The reader will experience the street life without physically experiencing it and understand some roots of abuse.
From the author
On our journey of recovery we will run into obstacles from time to time. Some we can easily just go around. Some we have to ask for guidance from our Higher Power on how to get around. But we must find a way. We can not stay stuck, if we do then we become like stagnated water, unable to flow and polluted again. Here's a poem I wrote from the book "THE STREETS, MY CRADLE" pg. xiii;
WHAT DO YOU ACCEPT?
One day I was walking down the street.
I smelt something & wondered could that be me?
I took a shower, I knew I had.
Could that still be me smelling so bad?
Then God said it wasn't my underarms or my feet. But, all the garbage that had been dumped in me.
Because God cleaned me up, I now smell Oh so good!
And I don't accept what I normally would.
All rights to this 102 page memoir belong to the Author Jennifer L. Jackson. Copy right 2009.
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About the Author
Jennifer L. Jackson graduated from Los Angeles Southwest College as a Chemical Dependency Specialist in Criminal Justice. A Certified Advocate for youths and adults, an Anger Management Facilitator. Sharing her story at Women's Re-entry Programs, Girls & Gangs, to name a few. Interviews; The Los Angeles Sentinel & La Opinion news paper. On-line podcast; The Dr. Thema Show, Judith Norman Show, Black Urban Times, Radio Stations 1680 AM and KPFK 97.8. Panelist speaker for BLACC Los Angeles at the California African American Museum, etc.
Jennifer continues to advocate, educate Youth and Parents about experiences one can go through running away and growing up on the streets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very enlightening information not only about the street life but also about life in general. It sure started me to thinking and cleard up alot of things in my mind and helped me to look at life and people especially my children in a better light. Straight talk and to the point!! It is a must read!!!! H. & C.
The Streets My Cradle is a remarkable story of a young girl facing the harsh realities of life on the streets. Child prostitution, child molestation and abuse. How all of that lead her to suffer from mental illnesses as an adult. It is very inspiring and moving to read about the Authors struggle with a thirty year drug addiction & a mental illness and how she over came it all through determination and persistence, therapy, groups and the love of her children anf friends. It's beautiful how the Author chose to tell her story in order to reach out to others who maybe or may have in the past been faced with some of the same experiences. She reaches out to family members who maybe suffering from a love ones mental illness or drug addiction. You must read it from introduction to the end. It most certainly is knowledge to enlighten and uplift. A Must Read!!! Great Review by, Dr. Marvin Southard, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health California Network of Mental Health Clients Board Member