Revising a history of abuse

The young girl loved to share with her parents all that she was learning at her elementary school. One thing the children were being taught became obvious when, in a rather playful moment at home, the girl stood back, folded her arms, and announced, referring to herself, "This is my property!"

Such efforts to teach children at an early age to be alert and to protect themselves, just as they would protect any of their valuable property, can be useful in helping to prevent physical harm. But what if it's too late to be helped by preventive measures? What if our childhood memories are darkened because we've been the victim of physical or emotional abuse? We hear so much about being scarred for life when things like this happen. But are painful events of the past such as these the indelible realities they seem to be?

In next week's Sentinel—
March 29, 1993

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