Melinda Walker’s life took a traumatic turn when she was just twelve years old. She was groomed and eventually raped by a trusted family friend, and the experience changed her forever. Her young life was turned upside down by those experiences, and as she grew older, she began to realise that they affected everything and everyone in her life as well.
Rainbows and Lollipops is her raw and honest account of survival, recovery, and empowerment. She does not shy away from uncomfortable topics or overdramatise these events. She does not pretend that her life was a bed of roses. Rather, she offers candid insight into her life, considering how it was changed when the darkness fell over her and how she has risen above to thrive again.
As an adult, she has discovered a better and more resourceful way to heal herself and her relationships. She is proof that trauma does not have to destroy a life permanently. With the right support, she was able to move beyond the darkness, build resilience, and create her own new and remarkable life story— and so can you.
By changing her language, her attitude, and her thoughts, Melinda turned her life around. Now she lives a life driven by meaning and purpose, one in which she encourages other survivors to believe in the healing power of hope.