Thanks for sharing, Mr. Edwards. I literally wrote almost the same thing (except less severe) on my own blog today. And I genuinely had no clue how common it was. Mine was a one-off, so I always minmized it in my head, but I felt decades of shame, only gradually letting go of it through loving adult relationships and therapy of late. I never told my parents as a kid because I just figured it was, indeed, my fault, and, well, I basically let go of a lot of my youthful joy right then and there when I was 8.

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