According to a 2011 Reuters study, one in 12 young people mostly girls engage in acts of self-harm such as cutting or burning. Around 10 percent of these continue to harm themselves into adulthood.
You’re about to meet a young woman whose story is touching hearts all over the world.
Emily is 22 years old and says she has been engaging in self-harming for the past nine years. She has cut herself approximately 500,000 times and has scars covering her arms, stomach, thighs, and calves.
She says her childhood was filled with extreme physical and sexual abuse, and that she turned to self-harm as a way to feel better. When I would self-harm, I felt peaceful. It was peaceful to me, she said.
When Emily was 13 years old, she began using everything from pencil sharpeners to utility blades. Now, she says she’s been hospitalized twice for anemia and has had over 437 stitches and staples.