SINGAPORE - When she was 11 years old, she walked to a police station and reported her abusive mother.
"I'm hurt," Anna, now 24, recalls saying there. We are not using her real name.
She was taken for a check-up at a hospital and about a week later, she ended up in a new home, provided by a foster family.
And that has been her home till today. She and her foster family declined to be identified.
Recalling her unpleasant childhood, Anna says in a phone interview that she was born out of wedlock.
She says: "I was left with my mother. Due to stress, she would sometimes turn violent."
The abuse started when Anna was in primary school and by the time she was 11 years old, it became too much for her to bear.
"My mum hit me with her hands," she says.
"When I was in the hospital, I found out that I had bruises and marks."
She can't recollect how often she was abused and declines to say what was the most extreme way she was abused.
Yet, despite wanting to get away, when she turned up at the doorstep of her foster family, she felt uneasy.
She recounts: "I struggled with an identity crisis. When I first stepped into the home, I felt foreign."
It took her time to feel accepted, but she says she cherishes the care she received, and some hard love like curfews.
LOVE AND CARE
She says: "My foster mum makes sure I eat, and that I'm well-behaved in school. If I'm sick, she will make sure I get medical attention.
"She loves me in these ways and I'm very grateful to her."
Her foster mum, whom we shall call Madam Lim, managed to get financial help for Anna's tertiary education. She is now in her final year in a local university and intends to pursue a career in engineering.