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NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1985 - Page 8. March 1985. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4519/show/4507.

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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1985
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Date March 1985
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Transcript 5. Some form of sexual abuse takes place in 1 out of every 5 families. 6. Over 90% of all victims of abuse repeat the process as adults. The scars caused by abuse are carried with you all of your life. I know this from experience. About four years ago I confessed, for the first time, that I had been sexually abused as a child. I was 28 years old. Why didn't I ever tell? Florence Rush in her forwo.rd to "I Never Told Anyone,: answers ...."Why is it that children who have been molested, sexually abused, or even raped rarely or never tell? They never tell for the same reason that anyone who has been helplessly shamed and humiliated, and who is without protection or validation of personal integrity, prefers silence. Like the woman who has been raped, the violated child may not be believed (she fantasized or made up the story), her injury may be minimized (there's no harm done, so let's forget the whole thing), and she may even be held accountable for the crime (the kid really asked for it).... To expose an incident is to expose her own insignificance. To tell anyone is to be disgraced in her own eyes and the eyes of others. The child victim has no recourse but to bury, hide, and try to forget the experience. But the humiliation will not go away. It festers, poisons and undermines her being. When the offense remains hidden, unaswered and unchallenged, the sexuality, the very biology of the offended child, becomes her shame...." For those very reasons I never told....Yet when I finally had the strength, courage and belief in myself to confront my father with what he had done to me, I was accused of "being crazy and out of touch with reality." Noone in my family believes me nor do they understand why I felt compelled to confront my father. I am an adult and they do not believe, would they have believed me as a child had I told? It took me three years to work thru the anger I felt about being sexually abused. I was angry at my father for abusing me, I was angry at my mother for not believing, I was angry at society for not helping me in some way. I was angry because I was deprived of growing up in a healthy, normal environment, I was angry because I was deprived of having a normal childhood. I was angry because I was judged, tried, and convicted and ultimately ostracized by my family. Now