Behind the smile

Arianna Wilkins, a survivor not a victim.

Fearless, witty comebacks, understanding and even a bit blunt are all characteristics you would answer if asked about Arianna Wilkins. Smart, determined even. Playing piano in her school band and being on the yearbook staff as well as being an artist of many sorts, she is anything but dull. But, just how there’s more behind the cover of a book, there’s more to this story than it seems.

“It started when I was six. It started small, but as I got older it got bigger. The only thought running through my head was, ‘Other parents didn’t do this to their children. They didn’t hurt them like this,’” Wilkins said.

Growing up, Arianna was abused by her father. For nine years, Arianna hid this secret out of fear of being hurt and what her loved one’s reactions …
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