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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 570

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Tonight's special guest is Melody Kaufman from Seattle, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, physical violence, emotional traumas and neglect, much of it at the hands of her alcohol and drug influenced mother. Melody said the time had come in her recovery to tell her story in public for the first time. Born into poverty, Melody never knew her father, and was raised by a severely abusive single mother along with her four half siblings. The family survived on welfare. Melody writes, "Christmas time she would take away our gifts after she let us opened them and she would take them back to the store." She continues, "I can't remember the number of times my mother hit me. She used leather belts and wood paddles, often so hard I had deep red welt marks on my back or buttocks. She'd pull my hair and sock me in my mouth drawing blood from my lip." Melody was also neglected badly and was molested as a small child by a 65 year old man who was later arrested and imprisoned. But that was merely the beginning of the sexual assaults she was to endure. "My mother solicited me to prostitution at the age of 15. She had me sleep with men so she could get money to feed her drug and alcohol habit." Melody says, "I got so fed up I ran away from home 4 times, and I attempted suicide 5 times while living at home with my mom." She concludes, "I've isolated myself for 28 years to escape the abuse, and I had GOD with me watching and protecting me. I want to thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to share. I am not at all ashamed or scared of revealing the truth. Sharing the truth is better than carrying the burdens with me."

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