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The Jerry Sandusky Trial and Child Sexual Abuse's Walking Wounded

Ellen Magnis @ Guardian UK - One reason victims of abuse often suffer in silence is because they know we don't want to hear about it. But now we must listen.

Nobody asked me why I stopped talking for several months when I turned 11. As a child, my "normal" state was shy but impish, with my head buried in a book.

Silence was the only coping mechanism I could conjure. I didn't know how else to respond to the molestation of my young body and spirit by my alcoholic stepfather. I didn't speak for several months. That muteness was noticed by many, but attributed to other causes.  Read more.

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