Truddi says she never told anyone about the abuse she was suffering from when she was a child because she didn't think anyone would help her. "Nobody would have listened, and back then, we were the ones who would have been locked up if we had told," she says. "People would have said simply, 'This cannot be.' But it can, and it was."

Once, she says she considered asking for help but didn't. "There was a teacher in school, and we thought, 'Wow she is so nice, but she is so clean,'" Truddi says. "'And if we tell her, she will see how dirty we are.'"


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