Nadia refused to conform to her parents’ rigid standards. At the age of seventeen, she was date raped and forced into an illegal abortion that nearly took her life. Desperate, she married a man who told her he loved her so much he would kill himself if he could not be with her. Without money, security, or a job, Nadia thought marriage would be her safety net. Little did she know she was going from Hell into Hades. Her husband repeatedly abused her. When she wouldn’t give him money to buy alcohol, he tossed out her children’s food and said, "If I can't have my beer, they can't eat." Refusing to see her children mistreated, Nadia threw him out.
Throughout the years of abuse, Nadia held onto her dreams. Since age ten, she had wanted to be an actress. She credits that dream with her survival because it allowed her to escape reality. After twenty years of abuse, she found the strength to make that dream her reality. To support her children, she became a creative businesswoman. Soon she was attending acting school and had become a headliner belly dancer. She even appeared as a guest panelist on the Oprah Show. Today she is focusing on studying film so she can create documentaries. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and has two movies coming out this year.
About the Author
Nadia Sahari was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Arab parents who were Shia Muslims. She came to America at the age of two. Nadia Sahari has performed as a headliner belly dancer and choreographer. She was a featured guest on various television shows in Detroit, Michigan. In her late twenties, she attended the Las Vegas School of Acting. She became an entrepreneur and creative businesswoman to support her family. Nadia now resides in Austin, Texas where she is enrolled in acting and filmmaking classes. She plans to film documentaries and short films in the future. She has served as a guest panelist on the Oprah Show and will be appearing in two movies this year. She is an advocate for women, children and animal rights. "Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse" is her newly published memoir.
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