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The convergence of three random incidents brought the memory rushing back to Jason Gough.

The NewsChannel 13 meteorologist was living in Texas at the time, October 2004, and readying to return to his hometown of Albany. That was No. 1. He had just ordered a subscription to National Geographic’s kids’ magazine for his 8-year-old cousin, like the one he had at the same age. No. 2. And then “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” came on TV, just like in 1980 on that brand-new gadget called a VCR at his aunt’s house in Troy …

 He turned ashen and started rocking, his wife, Jennifer, told him later. He doesn’t remember. He does remembering blurting out to her, knowing it for the first time, that he’d been sexually abused when he was a child. His aunt, now deceased, started abusing him when he was 8, and it lasted a couple of years.

Like many victims of sexual abuse, Gough suppressed the memory because it was too painful. He suppressed it a second time, when confronted with a new trauma: The Goughs, both 34 at the time, would soon learn that Jennifer had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Her health would take precedence over everything for a while.

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