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Tanisha Bankston  

Author of "My Pain is My Power"

Tanisha Bankston. I am the mother of three children. I was adopted by my aunt. I am a survivor of rape, incest, childhood sexual assault, bullying, and domestic violence.

I became a teen mom at the tender ages of fourteen and sixteen. I know what grief is because I lost a brother to an accidental drug overdose. I have been in and out of toxic, abusive, and dysfunctional relationships with guys.

I am now the proud author of "My Pain is My Power". I am a speaker and a International Speaker. I want to work with women and children and give them something I didn’t have as a child.

Speech Topics

Tanisha Finds Her Inner Voice

She lost her inner voice as a child when she was raped, molested, and manipulated by older men and forced to have sex and do things no child should have to experience.

Teen mom of two:

  • I was just a kid having kids. I managed to still graduate high school with two children.
  • I had my first child at the tender ages of fourteen years old. I was in the six grade. I had no idea what I was doing. I lost my childhood at a very early age.

Motherless child:

  • My mother was in and out of my life growing up as a child. I was taken from my mom at a young age and placed in the custody of my aunt. I was failed and not protected.

Fatherless child:

  • I remember my aunt adopting me. My dad would come and get me and keep me for two weeks at a time. I remember being afraid of my dad because I was afraid of men because I had been raped and I thought all men were the same. I became muted, voiceless and shy. My daddy gave up one me when I became pregnant at thirteen. I never lived with him ever again.


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