Jenni Rivera’s Love Foundation Opens Women’s Refuge
Jenni Rivera died in 2012, but her family and friends continue to keep her legacy alive. The self-proclaimed Diva of Banda was a single mother and a feminist that used her music to empower women on and off stage.
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For many years she used her voice to speak against domestic violence, something that she dealt with personally. She teamed up with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and even founded the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.
Jenni Rivera’s youngest sister, Rosie Rivera recently wrote a book called My Broken Pieces: Mending The Wounds From Sexual Abuse Through Faith, Family and Love. She talks about her personal nightmare after her own brother-in-law, Jenni’s ex-husband, Jose Trino Trinidad, sexually abused her when she was just 8 years old.
“My dad used to tell me that I was a princess and I could conquer the world and I believed him,” explains Rosie Rivera to Latina. “But after the abuse, I started to doubt, I though to myself, ‘This doesn’t happen to princesses.’” He had also abused Jenni’s daughter, Chiquis, and when Jenni heard she was devastated, especially since she was pregnant, but she believed her and they went to the police to denounce the monster that had abused her sister and her daughter.