Thursday, June 28, 2007

What life is left after slavery?

Via: BBC News/Sallie George
Photo: BBC News

Clinician Lucy Kralj said that though each woman's experience was different, all - without exception - had been subjected to "horrific levels" of physical and sexual abuse. She said the experience of living in captivity - sometimes for years - had a profound effect on the women she had seen.

"She is violated repeatedly, daily, accompanied by physical violence and verbal insults", she said. "She loses her sense of self, her identity. Life becomes devoid of any meaning and she can never be free of the horror through which she has lived. "Her sense of femininity has been annihilated. She shuts her eyes and sees the horror. She looks at her body and the scars and physical pain serve as a constant reminder.

"All men are potential rapists and any hope for the future of which she once dreamed has been robbed from her. "She finds herself repulsive and she believes that her past is transparent to everyone."

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