Category Archives: Incest

When I Run into My Father for d’Verse by an incest survivor

When I run into my father in heaven, What would I do? What should I do? I hope he’s in heaven. I hope I am too.  

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Could I Re-Write My Childhood?

I guess I have been holding back some of my resentment. I’m in a  nice normal poetry group on the outside and they love to laugh at my funny lines. This isn’t a therapy group–far from it. It’s a nice … Continue reading

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MY AUTHOR’S NOTE

I look in the mirror and see a strangely content woman losing her femininity to the neutering of old age.  I’m not sure why I cover the gray. Perhaps I want to be seen as someone still to be reckoned … Continue reading

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SAFETY FOR US SURVIVORS

I would like everyone to be safe, but sometimes survivors who have been abused need to be especially cautious, because of a tendency to expect abuse and not watch out for it.  This may be especially true for incest survivors. … Continue reading

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Wise Words of Roland C. Summit

From”Hidden Victims, Hidden Pain: Societal Avoidance of Child Sexual Abuse,” in Lasting Effects of  Child Sexual Abuse,” p. 57,  Gail Wyatt and Gloria Powell eds. There is a sad, self-preserving irony about a world that cannot see its own cruelty filled … Continue reading

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What About Us? Abuse Histories in the Making

I belong to a talkative brown bag lunch group, and last week someone started talking about child sexual abuse, whereupon another put her hands over her ears so as not to hear.  When I wrote my book on incest, the … Continue reading

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INITIAL PREFACE TO “FALLOUT,” 13 years ago

PREFACE — I was 65 when struck by the idea of writing this book. If I fail to write it now, at 68, the book will never happen. I will have lost the chance to say some things which I … Continue reading

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