This is Lilly. At 19, she's a teenager like many others. She takes care with her appearance and wears colorful bands encircling her wrists. But Lilly's childhood was a nightmare of almost unspeakable horror. And she has the scars to prove it.

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An unanswered cry for help from an abused Sacramento child has been heard by Bee readers, who want to support 19-year-old Lilly Manning in rebuilding her life as a young adult.
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A young woman beaten and tortured as a child thanked her abusive, adoptive mom in court Friday and said that because of the ordeal, "I'm stronger than ever."
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Lilly Manning came to The Bee because she wants to know her story.
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The system utterly failed Lilly Manning, but now the community is showing it cares about the "girl with 100 scars."
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Lilly Manning was 15 when she escaped from a cramped closet in south Sacramento, after being stabbed and beaten and shoved into the darkness. This time, she said, she knew she would have to save herself.

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