Felicia Villegas and her children. Photo: Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com
Photo: Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com
Photo: Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

Strong survivor

Felicia Villegas triumphed over evil and emerged a fighter.

"The first time I remember something happening was right after my fourth birthday. I was wearing blue jean overalls, Mary Jane shoes and a pink shirt. He took me in a room and touched me.

"It wasn’t anything major until I was 9. I was on the bed. He was like 300 pounds. I screamed because it hurt. He choked me until I passed out. When I woke up he showed me a knife and said he would murder my whole family if I ever said anything.

"He would tell me, ‘This is God’s will.’ He would tell me he owned me.

"It caused me to not believe in God. I was like, I’m being abused. There can’t be a God if this is happening.

"It was wrong of me to say that about God. It wasn’t fair. God chooses His strongest warriors to fight His biggest battles."

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