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Destiny's Story

Dear The One In Five Project,

My name is Destiny Hildenbrand. I am seventeen years old and live in Tallahassee, Florida.
My mental health has been somewhat of a roller coaster. Between the ages of ten and
twelve, I was molested by several of my cousins. When I finally reached out about what was
going on, I hated myself. It left me feeling dirty and impure. When I was thirteen, I started
harming myself. I also was in an abusive relationship and found myself utterly lost. No one
around me noticed, and whenever I tried to talk to someone about my struggles, they would
tell me it was just a phase, that it was "normal." I want to change that. I want to change the
fact that people see young men and women going through a mental health crisis and label it
as normal and a phase. It's wrong.

Dear Destiny,

Thank you so much for reaching out! Your story will definitely inspire others and you are
incredibly strong. Please remember we are always here for you. You will get through this,

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