As a child, Sabrina's abuse was never validated. As the rape and violence continued, escalating in nature-abusers who are not caught test their limits-she approached puberty with an unstable and insecure sense of self, and a distorted perception of her role in relationships. She had been conditioned to devalue her needs and give without question.
At fifteen she meets the man of her dreams, but by nineteen-pregnant and married-her hopes and dreams of love and romance are crushed. She is caught in a web of violence and psychological mind games, being constantly threatened that if she tells anyone or tries to leave she will lose her children, public respect-everything.
When Sabrina finally breaks free, she finds herself in a courtroom being served a thirty-five-page motion and an Emergency Protective Order "protecting" her abuser and children from her. Her worst fears are now her reality. After a lifetime of abuse will she be able to bear the burden of this pain, injustice and helplessness?
About the Author:
Sabrina Brown is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Kentucky. She received her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health there. Sabrina has three children; two daughters, age 26 and 23, and a son, 13, who lives solely with her and her husband Steven Brown, whom she married in 2013.