The Streets, My Cradle

The Streets, My Cradle

by Jennifer Jackson

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ISBN-13: 9781463588687
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Author Jennifer L. Jackson was born on an airforce base. Growing up in the Bay Area she was molested at age five and twelve. Not having been informed enough about appropriate touching, Jennifer kept the horrific experiences of sex abuse to herself. A naive twelve year old, Jennifer fell for the false love and attention from an older guy. He frequently visited her at a school in Oakland, Ca. Jennifer recalls their meeting and him blowing her head up and making her feel really special. He gained her trust then used very brutal methods, like beating her with a wire clothes hanger to make her submit to him for prostitution. She was fortunate enough to escape from the influence of that vicious Pimp. But, the damage was done. Not knowing where else to turn to, Jennifer ran to the streets for comfort and found just the opposite. She was introduced to heroin and crystal meth/crank between the ages of twelve and fourteen years old. She eventually turned to prostituting for herself as a means of survival and to support her drug habit. A drug habit that lasted for thirty years. She would stay sober for six months to a yea, she could not face the pain of her past life of so much abuse and would relapse. After she was lied on and her children were taken, lead her to walk the streets of Los Angeles six days to two weeks straight with no desire to sleep. Just hustle money for drugs to numb the pain she was engulfed in. In the book "The Streets, My Cradle" Author Jennifer L. Jackson not only shares information about the thirty year nightmare she was in, but when and how she eventually woke up, fought for her life, accepted her responsibilities, got into therapy, went to a sober living home and finally, finally got out of the "Street Life" and off drugs for good!!! On her journey of recovery...

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.

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The Streets, My Cradle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
amotherafather More than 1 year ago
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.
CNMHC More than 1 year ago
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