Abused Women Speak Out
"He was abusing all of us," Vernetta says. "There were five kids: one boy and four girls, and all of us got abused. By eighth grade graduation, I was pregnant, though I did not know it. So he sent me to the doctor when my mom went to work. When we found out [I was pregnant], he concocted a story in which I would lie and say I had [sex] with a boy. And I told her that until he left." Vernetta's father left the family several years ago.