In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Ambassador International would like to highlight Vanna Nguyen’s book, The Life She Once Knew: The Amazing Story of Queena, The Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor. It is a story, not only of a young woman who
In 1981, a Vanna Nguyen stared death in the face as she lay on the floor of a small boat in the South China Sea, fleeing the life she once knew in Vietnam. In 2008, her teenage daughter lay fighting for her life after being brutally raped and left for dead at a library near Tampa, Florida.
The attack in front of the Bloomingdale library left Queena with a traumatic brain injury, sentenced to a life unable to walk, see, or speak. As Vanna Nguyen lovingly poured herself into caring for her now severely disabled daughter, she also battled with reliving her own Vietnam War survival story. She was forced to confront a choice: forgive the attacker whose unforgivable decision changed both their lives as they knew them forever or live forever in grief and bitterness?
In The Life She Once Knew, Vanna candidly chronicles the deeply spiritual and emotionally powerful journeys of these two strong women as they fight for their lives and their futures decades apart.
Join Queena in her in her journey to continue as a survivor, and witness to the testament of faith, grace, and determination.