Thank you so much for sharing this personal story. I know that it must have been very difficult to put into words although sometimes writing things down turns out becoming therapeutic. Child abuse in our area of SW Virginia has always been a concern for me personally as well and I have seen many sad stories myself...none such as this. I continue to look for and hope that child abuse can be eliminated, but know that the reality of this is unlikely. We can hope that stories like yours can help us to become more involved and dedicated to child abuse prevention. Thank you again for sharing.