Do you ever look back on friends or acquaintances you had in childhood, and, as an adult now, can recognize signs of abuse in some of those friends?
Two little girls lived across the street from us when I was in Florida. I was about 5 – 7 years old. Looking back on some of my experiences with those girls, I’m pretty sure they were sexually abused.
When I was a young teenager I had a horse. It was boarded at some stables outside of town. My best friend also had a horse who they boarded at the same stables. There was a guy who would hang around out there. He didn’t have a horse, but he was almost always there.
Looking back on some of the things he said and did, and to the fact that he was always at the stables instead of home, I’m fairly certain he was horribly, physically abused by his father.
I just didn’t recognize any of it then.