DeAsia Paige, Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 26, 2018
Lea McGough can't forget the nightmare that happened to her when she was 12.
She was kidnapped, held hostage in a Detroit home and sexually abused by different people for a month before she managed to escape.
“The man who held me hostage was choking me, but when he leaned forward, I was able to grab him by his neck and push him to the ground,” McGough said. “Then I jumped out of a window, and I remember being barefoot because there was snow on the ground.”
Over the years, McGough, 27, has struggled with addiction in an effort to cope.
But in a stately brick mansion on Detroit's east side, McGough finally is starting to heal — carefully crafting jewelry out of auto parts that will end up for sale at retail stores like the Henry Ford Museum gift shop.
It's part of Mend on the Move, a a Detroit nonprofit that’s a transitional employment program for women who are abuse survivors, former drug addicts, homeless or on probation for a criminal offense.
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