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House of New Beginnings Opens Doors to Young Women

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Young women suffering from abuse have a new place to turn in Jackson at the House of New Beginnings, scheduled to open this week.

It's specifically for young women aged 18-21, abused or going through trying times. Before, they would be sent to a shelter or back home, but at House of New Beginnings, they'll get shelter, counseling and life-skill building, all from people who have been there.

"I was ashamed. It made me feel like I was...I wasn't worthy of anything," said Audrey King.

King was sexually abused from age 5 to 15. She didn't tell anyone, or even admit it to herself, until she became an adult. King says she turned to alcohol and drugs for comfort.

"It numbed the pain. It made everything better because I didn't have to think about anything for a moment," said King.

In 2006, King decided to use that pain to help others. She went back to school and became a crisis counselor and now works with teens and young women.

"I want to give back because I wanted someone there for me and I didn't have it," said King.

King along with three others saw a need for teen girls who were sexually, mentally and physically abused. The home in downtown Jackson, given by an anonymous donor, sleeps 12.

The group raised $80,000 in small individual donations to make it a reality, with no government funding. The project has been two years in the making.

The House of New Beginnings is holding an open house Thursday from 3 to 7p.m. Click on the Seen on 6 link to find out more.

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