Tonight's special guest is Lynda Allen from Graham, Washington, a sexual abuse survivor, domestic violence survivor and author of the book, "Rose of Robert's Journey thru A Darkened Valley." She hopes that people involved in social service work, Lawyers, Judges, Guardian Ad Litem's and Casa workers will pick up her book and read it. "I was molested by my Uncle," Lynda says. "In that era 1966-1980's it was something that was not talked about. I learned years later that I was not the only victim, but that my two sisters and my cousin, his own daughter, were victims as well. He was never held accountable for the mental/emotional damage he caused us girls." She says, "I believed everyone knew this horrible secret and I was morbidly embarrassed by this. I had friends but no one I really "connected" too. I felt alone and dirty, like something was wrong with me." As ayoung adult she picked abusive men for partners. "The second man I picked was worse then the first." Eventually she realized she needed to change her living situation for the best interest of her daughter. "I made a plan, packed a bag, and ran into a temporary roadblock by my abuser. The following day I moved out." Lynda goes on, "What most of us fail to grasp is the decisions we make where children are concerned directly effect their lives, their own journey. We need to think about that." She concludes, "My prayer is that this book will change the way we think about the legal and moral rights of these innocents. It should be required reading for anyone entering into the social services. I urge you to read this book and demand changes in our broken system, so that others can be saved."
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