When You Grow Up an Abused Child ...
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When you grow up an abused child your vocabulary is one of objects, of images. Words such as incest or violence no longer carry personal impact. Too often they've been used to rationalize feelings too painful and overwhelming to accept. But those feelings live, buried in objects as common as a wicker clothes hamper. The white wicker hamper in which I hid from my father, a small child covering herself with soiled bed linens. Those objects invade our peace like a strap wielded by a violent hand, leaving bright red welts on the prism of memory.