I was abused.

These words are much harder for someone to say than you realize. As a child, living in a situation you have no control over, you become conditioned to think or perceive that what you are experiencing is normal, or deserved. It can take years, if not decades to understand that you were a victim of abuse. Ever so often, one will get the evidence they need to say the words, I was abused.
My mother was not a…