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Woman hopes life story will prevent child abuse

GIFFORD -- An area woman has gone through some horrific things in her life.
GIFFORD -- An area woman has gone through some horrific things in her life. Born in a prison to drug addicts and adopted by a woman who abused her. Now, she's Taking Action so others don't have to suffer like she did. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera brings us her story.

Angie Cox has overcome a lot to get to today. Both she and her twin brother have come a long way, but she says she still has work to do, reaching out to families to help stop the cycle of abuse.

"David and I's childhood was, I don't even have a word for it. It was just evil."

Cox's life now is far-removed from her upbringing. Her foster mom was anything but motherly.

"She had three biological children that she never touched. She never touched them in a bad way, but David and I, she did. She raped us both. She beat us daily."

Each day she lived under that roof broke her heart and sunk her spirits.

"She killed our bunny rabbits. She literally chopped off their heads."

Cox finally got away when she was 14 years old, but even now, "I think I've forgiven her, but I will never forget."

As life went on, Cox couldn't escape the nightmares, so she started writing.

"The more I journaled, the more descriptive it would be."

Those memories she locked away for years started flooding back. But this time was different.

"I thought I really wanted to make a bad situation into a good situation."

She channeled that energy into a book; a word of warning for the future.

"It's really given me some freedom and it's really given me some relief."

With relief came change; a new home, a new family. And she adopted a daughter of her own, Amber.

"I never really knew what love was until Amber came along. She's so flamboyant and, so am I, but she makes me breathe. She makes me want to fight for everything."

Everything includes the people in her community who Cox shared her message with.

"I was never loved. But, because I was never loved, I love. So now, I know how to love."

Cox says she feels like this is what she's supposed to be doing now; spreading the word to stop child abuse. So, she wouldn't change what she's been through because it's brought her to today.

Cox's book is titled, Surviving the Devil: An Account of Adoption and Abuse.
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