A cultural difference

Hearing a news report about older Iraqi men marrying and abusing eight-year-old girls, my mother sighs: "Oh come on, that's a cultural difference; that's just how things go over there..." I'm shocked. What did my mother, who's daughter still suffers the consequences of being abused at the age of twelve, just say? CONTINUE READING

Maybe, just maybe, they believe his story over mine

To celebrate my PhD, my incredibly caring parents wrote me a personal letter. I'm really touched by their loving words, but something is bothering me. Their letters do not contain a single reference to the sexual abuse I suffered at the age of twelve... CONTINUE READING