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. Volume XVI Number 36. . . .May 21, 2010
Six months. That’s how long it’s been since the devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse came crashing back. Ever since then, Kendra hasn’t felt safe. Months later and she still can’t remember her abuser’s identity. Kendra searches the face and hands of every man in her life wondering if it could be him. Even more terrifying is that she’s certain he’s watching her.
Kendra, 15, lives in constant fear for her life. Between the paralyzing memories and his unmistakable presence, she cuts to relieve the pressure. Besides her art, cutting is the only way Kendra can cope.
When he sends her a palette knife, Kendra instinctively cuts deeper than ever before and in the process finds the desire to live. The only way she can end his control over her life is to remember. She must find the courage to relive the trauma so she can set herself free once and for all.
Scars depicts the daily pain a survivor of sexual abuse must face. Cheryl Rainfield paints the horror of ritual abuse through both Kendra’s art and cutting. The brutality of Kendra’s cutting wrenches at your heart wishing you could take away her anguish. Rainfield’s refusal to hold anything back brings to light a story that can, perhaps, save a life. With Scars, she makes it known that a survivor can find happiness again.
Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children’s literature.
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