Karina Guzman is a survivor and activist. After eleven years of keeping her childhood sexual abuse a secret, she battled with the psychological aftermath alone and in silence. But after suspecting that her younger cousin was a victim of the same abuse, she found the strength, courage and faith to take her abuser to court. Her disclosure quickly divided the family and she was subjected to a harrowing court process. After the trial, her abuser was sentenced to twelve years
in prison — the same amount of time that she was held a prisoner of her silence.
The following year, Ms. Guzman produced a short film entitled, The Valley,
depicting her psychological experience during the trial. She is currently writing a
young adult novel about child sexual abuse, hoping to help others who are in
similar situations find their voices.