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She still feels the pain of sexual abuse as a child

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I woke up in cold sweat, barely able to breathe. It was the same nightmare, second night in a row. In the dream, I was molested at my babysitter’s house. It has been years since the nightmare, but I can still remember every part of it – the dress that I wore, the way my hair was tied, and the coldness of the kitchen’s metal sink. I tried to scream, but a man covered my mouth with his hand. I remember how frightened I was.

For years, I had brushed it off as just a dream. But every now and then, the nightmare haunts me.

Six months ago, during a therapy session, the issue resurfaced. Up until then, it was just symbolic of how I grew up without having a voice of my own. But as my therapist started to probe further, fragmented memories began to take shape.

I could vividly remember witnessing adults engaging in sexual acts on numerous occasions, and we were encouraged to participate in the abuse of other children. It was confusing for all of us because while we felt violated and ashamed, it was also pleasurable.

1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.

9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.

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