Lauren: I got pregnant when I was 16. Everything changed. I ended up being homeless with my child. Drugs, prostitution, violence. The world is a pretty fucked up place.
BW: Did you get kicked out of the house?
Lauren: Yeah, my grandmother told me that if I ever got pregnant she would put me out. I never thought that she would really do it and when she did, I ended up getting with the wrong people. I’ve been kidnapped. I’ve been held hostage. I’ve been raped.
My mom is on drugs, my dad passed away. My grandma raised me and my sister. For the most part, everything I learned, I learned on my own.
BW: What’s going on good in your life?
Lauren: I found someone I can talk to. A young lady. She has 5 kids herself. She’s been through a lot. She’s been like a mentor to me. Her name is Shandra. She’s like a big sister to me cause I don’t really have anyone to talk to. It helps me out a lot.