Sur­vivor of child­hood sex­ual abuse strug­gles to ob­tain a life of nor­malcy

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Dear Abby: I am a 53year-old woman who is a sex­ual abuse sur­vivor. This has con­sumed every as­pect of my life. It started when I was around 2, I be­lieve, and was a daily oc­cur­rence un­til I was 14. My abuser was my pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, now de­ceased.

I’ve sought coun­sel­ing and ther­apy groups — what­ever I could — over the years, to no avail. I just can’t shake it. I have dealt with flash­backs, night­mares, failed mar­riages, etc. I just want to be and feel nor­mal, and I don’t know how.

Am I search­ing for some­thing that does not ex­ist? I don’t know if you can help me, but PLEASE, if you have any ad­vice at all, I would be be­yond grate­ful.

— Lost In The South

A good place to start find­ing the help you’re look­ing for would be the Rape, Abuse and In­cest Na­tional Net­work (RAINN). You can find it on­line at or by call­ing 800-656-4673.

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