Catherine Canady

Catherine has spent her whole life in North Philadelphia. Her parents were originally from Georgia. Her mother took in all the stray kids in the neighborhood so they would have a safe place to stay because crack was beginning to be a serious problem among young women when she was a child.

When she was 9, she was raped by her family's landlord, who threatened to kill her mother if she told anyone about what had happened. She had been raised to believe she was good and deserved love.

But she was angry and started using drugs to make the hurt and fear go away. She began turning tricks and eventually became a very successful hooker even though she had frequent fights and run-ins with the police.

She was so angry that when a client was willing to be tied up, she would rape them with some object and leave them to be found like that and feel the humiliation she felt when she was raped.

Catherine eventually got straight and has been working in shelters for the past 25 years. She has many certifications in her field and is working on her bachelors in health care administration.

Catherine will be the director of the Geneva Leaks Woman's shelter, which is named after her mother, after it opens.

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