Blue Dragon Journal

Eliza:  “A Lesson in Forgiveness”

This is a story of a girl who grew up in a different time, when things that happened within a family mostly stayed there.  I was the second of three daughters, separated from the eldest by six years, from the youngest by four years.  I was in the midst of attending high school.  As teenager, I was shy and studious, a little socially backward and did not date boys.  I did not wish to be one of the popular girls, just to be accepted for who I was.  I was almost sixteen when my older sister went off to college in another state.  And then my father suddenly became interested in me.As all abuse does, it began subtly and slowly.  The initial excuse for the attention and time spent together was to work on my back.  With puberty, instead of getting spots on my…

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