It Changed My Life: Wedding planner overcame trauma of abuse and loss

Ms Rubina Tiyu says being abused by her cousin when she was young affected her in many ways - she lacked confidence and had difficulty trusting men. She also went through a reckless phase in her early 20s and racked up $100,000 in credit card debt, b
Ms Rubina Tiyu says being abused by her cousin when she was young affected her in many ways - she lacked confidence and had difficulty trusting men. She also went through a reckless phase in her early 20s and racked up $100,000 in credit card debt, blowing money on activities and things to make her feel good about herself.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Ms Tiyu as a child in the lap of her mother, Madam Peri Pillai, a nurse. Her sudden death at home affected her deeply.
Ms Tiyu as a child in the lap of her mother, Madam Peri Pillai, a nurse. Her sudden death at home affected her deeply.PHOTO: COURTESY OF RUBINA TIYU

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When Ms Rubina Tiyu was five years old, one of her cousins - who was 10 years older - did something to her which messed her up for a long time.

The incident took place at her grandmother's house. She cannot remember exactly what happened, but she knew that he put her on his lap and kissed her.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Wedding planner overcame trauma of abuse and loss'. Print Edition | Subscribe