I was raised by a woman, my young step mother, nine years older than me, the same age as my oldest sister, who had a baby from a rape. I never understood her shame and pain about her baby’s birth. Her Mother rejected the child when he tried to contact his Mother. She told him he had called the wrong number and to never try to call again.
I was sexualized very young. I felt I was “possessed” if not “oppressed”. THis woman came into my life when my Mother was still alive but she was soon killed when I was nine in a car accident in which my father was driving. He dated my soon to be step mother almost immediately when she died. A year later she was pregnant and I vomited up all my grief and anger for five days - at age eleven.
I pray for understanding about sexual abuse and the effect of being sexualized so young. To St. Agatha. I am glad I heard her story today. God touched my life with her story. And St. Gianna too.