It was a night like any other. Tucked safely into bed after saying her prayers and hearing her favorite bedtime story, 8-year-old Jennifer* felt secure, protected, and loved. That night she fell asleep innocent and pure, sheltered from the harsh realities of life, dreaming of ballerinas and princesses and ponies. UNTIL…
Early the next morning, Jennifer awakened to find her 20-year-old cousin, Jeff, hovering over her, holding her down, and touching her private parts. She struggled and screamed for help, but her parents couldn’t hear her cries from their bedroom upstairs. And so, no one came to help her….
Jennifer’s entire world had changed in a matter of minutes. Wounded, devastated, afraid, ashamed, her innocence shattered—Jennifer was forced to grow up before her time. No longer the happy child she once was, Jennifer became depressed, anxious, and withdrawn. In her 8-year-old mind, monsters and danger lurked around every corner waiting to snatch her up and carry her away.
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**Name changed to protect child