According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. Aleesha Barlow is part of that 25 percentile of girls who have been sexually abused and she is using her story to make a change. Aleesha was molested by her grandfather at the tender age of 6 years old. When she gained the confidence to tell her mother and 2 aunts about what was going on they did not do anything, instead, they told her to keep it a secret. In efforts to protect their father her mother and two aunts made Aleesha promise not to tell anyone, including the police and Aleesha’s own father. Aleesha kept silent and the molestation continued, she did not bring it back up to anyone and her mother and aunts never spoke of it again.
20 years later, Aleesha created Tell Somebody, Inc. An organization that works toward ending child abuse of any kind. Aleesha did not tell anyone else because she thought that nothing would be done to protect her or heal her and she wants children to know that they should continue to tell someone until something gets done. By telling her father and the world about her story Aleesha found healing and is now doing everything in her power to stop this vicious cycle.
95 % of molestation happens by a family member or close friend. Tell Somebody Inc. brings awareness to parents that molestation does happen. Aleesha pushes for parents to have frequent conversations with their children about the topic. Aleesha has also just come out with a new children’s book called “Tell Somebody” and now her and her 7-year-old daughter are visiting schools to educate children about their body and pushing the message to “TELL SOMEBODY” if they are being hurt in any way.
“Tell Somebody, is about giving strength to all survivors to tell your story so you can heal, no matter how long its been, its time!” – Aleesha Barlow
We appreciate Aleesha’s courage to tell her story and her efforts to help others do the same. If you would like to support Aleesha and the Tell Somebody movement please visit her website and donate here: www.ItsTimeToTellSomebody.org/donate.