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When I Was 8

Between the ages of 7 1/2 and 9 1/2 I was continually molested by my step-brothers Robert Redwine (16-17) and Earl Redwine Jr. (18). These molestations escalated briefly to a one time event when I was 8. That’s when Robert attempted to penetrate me. He stopped when I cried out in pain, fearing discovery, I guess. The sexual molestations continued, however, under the threat of physical violence.

To this day (I’m 64) I ask myself why didn’t I put up a fight…bite, scream, kick…anything. Instead, I just did my best to hide.

My mother doesn’t understand why I don’t wear clothes that are feminine and colorful. I guess I’m still hiding.

— Karen Henrickson

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  • Alissa Ackerman


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