There’s no question that child abuse leaves more than just physical scars on its victims. Yet it can be difficult for many of us to fathom how deep that trauma can go—or how long it can last.
That appeared to be the case with 53-year-old Peter Booth. He claimed that at the tender age of four, he witnessed his stepfather committing an unspeakable crime. Peter was so afraid of his stepfather that he carried this secret with him for several decades.
Now, he’s speaking up, and what he revealed was horrifying…
Upon first glance, there looks to be nothing necessarily wrong with this photograph. Taken in 1968 in the Stockton-on-Tees neighborhood of Haverton Hill in northeast England, little is noticeable about it other than how old and grainy it is.
Hopefully, as horrifying as this story is, it can help shed light on how deeply abuse can affect victims. It’s never too late to speak up.
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