Survivors of Abuse
On one occasion, Susan says she said something that made her husband so angry that he demanded a family meeting. "He called all the kids in the room … and he made them call me a 'white ho slut' in unison," she says. "He would tell them when to start, and he would tell them to repeat. … In my mind, I was screaming, 'That's not what I am. That's not what I am. How can you do this? How can you have my children do this to me?'"
Susan says she was devastated by her children's actions, but she understands why they did it. "I knew that my children needed to do what they needed to do to survive in that house," she says. "If that meant they needed to side with the power, then that's what they had to do."