Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

August 27, 2014 10:04 PM

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Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Veronica had a lot of reasons to be angry at the world. Born into a family with a history of domestic violence and incest, she never had anything even remotely resembling a "normal" upbringing. One of her earliest memories is of her father taking nude pictures of her when she was barely 6 years old. "Even as a small child, I knew that there was something terribly wrong with what he was doing. When he told me to take my panties off I remember starting to cry. But then I got angry. I knew that he could force me to take off my panties but he couldn't force me to smile. And I didn't. I paid dearly for that act of defiance, but at least I preserved some sense of self in the process."

The abuse, however didn't stop and the last time Veronica's father attempted to molest her when she was 16, she punched him in the groin with all of her strength. Then she braced herself for her father's inevitable retaliation. Rather than strike back at her, he walked away, shame-faced, and never t...

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