In the March 28 episode of Maalala Mo Kaya, ABS-CBN's drama anthology show focuses on the plight of sexually abused children who become traumatized by this harrowing experience. When the culprit is a family member, it becomes even more painful for the child (who may be male or female), knowing that she can no longer trust her own blood relatives. This is exactly what happened to Jasmine (played by Maja Salvador). She was sexually abused by her own relatives and when she fell in love with her boyfriend (played by Jayson Abalos), she came to see how scarred she was by her traumatic past. Find out how she coped with the disturbing events in her life.
Maalala Mo Kaya (March 28, 2008)
Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Writer: Arah Jell Badayos
Cast: Maja Salvador, Jayson Abalos, Maricel Laxa, Dick Israel, Nikki Bagaporo, Hazel Anne Mendoza, Encar Benedicto, Crispin Pineda, Zeppi Borromeo, Lester Llansang, Biboy Ramirez, Gerard Madrid, Joanna Tan, Gemmae Custodio, and Noemi Oneza
SYNOPSIS. This week's story is about a woman who turned her life around from being a sexual victim to a women's rights advocate.
To help Jasmine's financially unstable family, relatives adopted her when she was seven years old. She was forced to leave Pangasinan for Mindanao, where she lived with her extended family. Young Jasmine believed that Mindanao was where she would be happy. But when she was eight years old, she was sexually abused by her own cousin, with whom she shared part of the house. Years later, at around 12, she was abused again by her cousin's husband, and at 14, by another cousin's husband. In all three events, Jasmine remained silent; she developed a distorted sense of reality. Jasmine had difficulty knowing what was right or wrong, but knew that she was losing her sanity.
The chance to escape came when she passed the entrance exam in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Jasmine left Mindanao and excelled in UP Diliman, but soon found herself engaging in illicit affairs. She had a relationship, but was short-lived because of her sexual hangups. "There's something wrong with you!" her boyfriend scolded her, and made her realize how much her terrifying past had affected her. After two years, Jasmine stopped school to become a full-time activist. Those were her lowest times. She hurt herself and hated the world. That was until she joined the activist group Gabriela, and found people who helped her cope with her ugly past. Jasmine became an advocate for women's rights, and at the same time, nurtured her broken dignity.
Maalala Mo Kaya, hosted by Charo Santos-Concio, airs Friday nights after Maging Sino Ka Man.