My name is April, and I was born 35 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I became interested in women’s rights at an early age. I don’t know what it was that got me set on this path initially, but I can tell my story.
I grew up as the oldest of three girls and the daughter of an adult grandchild of alcoholics and an alcoholic. My father quit drinking when I was about 11, but he began working as much overtime as he could get, side jobs and the like, so I never really knew him growing up. My mother, although not an alcoholic, had been profoundly affected by the disease having been raised by an adult child of an alcoholic and a father who had faced his own traumas early in life.
I won’t go into detail about my grandfather’s trauma out of respect for him (and that I don’t know a lot of details, just the general story of having lost his mother early on), but I will elaborate on some of the terms I have used so far. An alcoholic is pretty self explanatory, someone who has a problem with alcohol or drinking. An adult child of an alcoholic is someone who was raised by one or more unrecovered alcoholics. Now, quitting drinking is not the same thing as being recovered. Being recovered involved examining and facing the issues that led to the drinking and resulted from the drinking. An adult grandchild of an alcoholic is someone whose grandmother or grandfather was an alcoholic, and generally speaking, they were raised by an adult child of an alcoholic, particularly one who is not in recovery.
So does this make me an adult child of an alcoholic? Yep, it does. And I still attend Al-anon for it, but onward even beyond that–the presence of alcohol in the home I grew up in led to domestic violence. Now don’t get me wrong, it could have been much worse, but the experience has led me even more for me to be passionate about equal rights.
I also am involved in raising human trafficking awareness. This is something that I was involved in in the past and am getting involved again. I had had to fade back a little bit due to losing my focus, particularly after the 2016 presidential election–there are really so many things wrong with society today that I wasn’t sure where to start.
It’s been pointed out to me that if I pick just one or two things, then I can focus on them. For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing on women’s rights and all of the myriad of topics under that umbrella.
I am also a behavioral therapist, with a focus on ABA and a liberal Christian. I practice yoga regularly and have two parakeets that are my family.