You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.
When she was just a child, Maya Angelou was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and told her brother following the incident. After serving only 1 day in jail, her mothers’ boyfriend was murdered by one of her family members or, so it was alleged. Angelou blamed herself for the incident and decided not to speak a word for 5 years. She felt that just mentioning his name out loud caused his death.