JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Women's Center of Jacksonville continues to touch thousands of lives every year, with services geared towards women's issues and how to overcome them. The stories of these ladies moving on from serious hardship, are remarkable and inspiring.
At about 6 years old, just like many of us, Tiffany Sarroca enjoyed swimming, running around and being a kid.
But behind her bright smile, there was a dark secret she kept inside for years.
"I didn't really know what was going on," said Sorroca. "I thought it as normal."
Sarroca, was being sexually abused. It continued up until the 9th grade. And she never said a word about it to anyone.
"It's one of those things you want to keep inside and not tell anyone," said Sorroca. "You feel terrible that it even happened."
Her art work and sculptures were a way to let out the pain, and express herself. But Sorroca soon learned that wasn't enough. In relationships she says she was always angry, and found it difficult to communicate.
About two years ago, Sorroca found herself in the ER, after trying to take her own life.
"Once you hit rock bottom, the only place you can go is up," said Sorocca.
A friend soon lead her to the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
"The first time I came here I didn't say anything I just cried," said Sorocca. "It was nice having someone to listen."
She's now giving back by sharing her own story, hoping to reach others who's pain she once felt. Sorroca says the biggest thing is to never give up. She enjoys helping others and is now working towards becoming a physical therapist.
Here's a link to the Women's Center of Jacksonville's services http://www.womenscenterofjax.org.
The Center will celebrate 18 years of service Friday August 23rd, with a fundraising gala. It will be held at the Deerwood Country Club. The event starts at 6:30 in the evening. For more information or to purchase a ticket you can call the center at 904-722-3000 extension 201.