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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 09:46 AM
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44. Thank you Bertha. And one thing many people AREN'T taking into
consideration is that more often than not the child's rapist IS A FAMILY MEMBER! How often would a child come forward to admit that they had been raped if it meant that their father, brother or uncle would be put to death? More often than not they love the person who is hurting them, and they need therapy to deal with what that does to them.

My mother and aunt were repeatedly raped by a family member when they were small children. They always loved him, though they HATED what he did to them. A friend of mine was raped by her father throughout her childhood. Eventually he hated himself so much for what he was doing that he committed suicide. She blamed herself for his death and became anorexic, then started cutting herself. It wasn't until her mid 30's that she was able accept the fact that SHE had never done anything wrong. She finally stopped wearing long sleeves, and people would gasp at the solid mass of crisscrossed scars that lined the insides of her arms. "Just part of my messed up youth that doesn't matter anymore" she would say. Now imagine thousands more children doing the same to themselves because the state killed their loved ones...
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