Former Sex Worker and Rape Survivor: God Cancelled My Five Abortion Appointments

National   Sarah Zagorski   Oct 27, 2014   |   4:19PM    Washington, DC

Last week, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) shared the story of former sex worker and rape survivor, Anny Donewald.

CBN reports:

annydonewald“Anny Donewald grew up in the spotlight as the daughter of an elite NCAA basketball head coach. At 13 she was molested on a bus by one of her fathers team members. To protect her dad and the team she chose to stay silent. Anny turned to sex and alcohol to cover the secret and numb the pain. Then in college she entered an amateur night at a strip club and won. That opened the door to six years of exotic dancing in top clubs across the country, and ultimately to high end prostitution.”

Anny told CBN co-host, Terry Meeuwsen how she finally escaped the sex industry.

She said, “I always tell people there’s always things that happen that get girls into the sex industry– nobody ever wants to wake up and say, ‘hey I think I’ll be a stripper.’ or I think I’ll get into this. And so, you know, there were just a sequence of events that happened. You know, that involved sexual molestation–it involved sexual assault, and it involved rape.”

She continues, “I was in for six years and you know I got to my breaking point when I realized it escalated to prostitution in Las Vegas and in Beverly Hills. And I went home and I was like I have to figure something else out. This has overtaken my life. What was meant to be one decision for one night when I was nineteen..you know I’m almost 26 at this point.

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I was pregnant with my son, and I went to have an abortion because I’m dead on the inside, I didn’t feel like I deserved – for a number of reasons. But I was an atheist at the time so I prayed. The running joke was that I was the praying atheist. And I said, ‘God, I don’t know if you’re real or if you can hear me, but I don’t think you want me to do this. But I’m not going to be the one to stop it. You stop it.’ I made five different appointments and they all got canceled.”

Now, Anny runs a ministry called Eve’s Angels, which helps women leave the sex industry. She also wrote a book called Dancing for the Devil, where she shares her whole story. Her hope is to share the horrible reality of the sex industry and help women find hope through the love of God.

Learn more about Anny’s story by watching the video below.