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Woman shares story of homelessness, educates others on her struggle

Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 16:01:55-04

A Cleveland woman has overcome homelessness, and now she wants to help others do the same.

Anna Redding said she found herself on the streets after leaving an abusive relationship at 18. She was also 8-months pregnant.

"I was pregnant during the coldest part of the winter,” said Redding. "The situation I went through, I don't want anyone to go through." 

Redding had a brief respite from the cold when an old friend offered her the chance to come stay with him but things soon took a tragic turn.

After accepting his offer, Redding said the man raped her and infected her and her unborn child with gonorrhea and chlamydia. 

Weeks later she delivered her child and she brought the infant to see a physician. 

Doctors told her "I'm glad you brought her in because had you not have brought her, she'd probably be blind,” Redding said.

She eventually found her footing, and now vows to pull others out of the same struggle.
Redding's asking people to drop off supplies for women and children at her radio station at 11541 Mount Carmel, in Cleveland, on Saturdays, between 12:30 and 1:30 in the afternoon.
AReddQueen Radio airs on Saturdays, from 2 until 3 in the afternoon.