Leah was raised in a small town in Mississippi by her grandparents where she was exposed to addiction and abuse at a very young age. When she started school she was bullied and teased constantly for being of mixed race so she learned how to fight.
At the age of fifteen, Leah’s aunt introduced her to prescription medication and Leah became addicted right away. She spent her high school years slipping further and further into her addictions. When she graduated, her real nightmare began.
Leah was desperate to move out of her grandparent’s home. She moved in with a man whom she had know since she was a little girl. He dealt drugs to her family members for many years. Leah and her girlfriend moved in with him, and it didn’t take long, before he was making sexual demands of them.
Leah’s friend eventually moved out, but he had convinced Leah she was nothing without him. He beat her, sold her to other man and kept her continually high and afraid. This went on for three years!
After one particularly abusive night, Leah ended up with a broken nose, and she said “No more!” and she refused to be sold by him.
She knew she was going to die if she didn’t get help. She entered rehab and got clean and sober. She interned with the program for a year and eventually ended up working for them. She now speaks to students all over the country about her past in order to help them not to make the same mistakes.
She loves the unique simplicity of the message at a Say Something Assembly. The fact that students can make a difference in their own lives or the lives of others by stepping in and speaking into a situation where exploitation is happening.
Her favorite part of the assemblies is connecting with students after and hearing their stories.