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Sexual Abuse Is Terrifying To A Child. One Survivor Is Responding With Something Even Scarier.

Meet Sasha. His father is a videographer, and he captured over 200 hours of home movies of the family, spanning decades. Both Sasha and his father experienced one of the worst nightmares a kid can go through, all at the hands of some family members. But what he wants to do is document the changes it made to him and his family via his dad's home movies that were filmed in the years before, during, and after the abuse. It sounds horrifying and enlightening and beautifully healing, all at the same time.

Sexual Abuse Is Terrifying To A Child. One Survivor Is Responding With Something Even Scarier.
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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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