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Dec 30, 2007
Sexual abuse...
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

Incest, molestation; it's ALL considered sexual abuse. Although what your mother did to you was not for her own sexual gratification, she did sexually assault you, which IS sexual abuse. However, in a court of law, because she did not do this horrific act for sexual gratification, there is an argument for physical abuse. A lot depends on where you live and the laws of the land. But does the label really matter here? Your schizophrenic mother abused you, pure and simple. When you describe the act, there is no question that it's abuse. You don't have to tell the readers what it is; you've shown it. "Show, don't tell" is one of the basic rules of writing.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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