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Child Abuse – how I survived and how you can too

“Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child, especially by a parent or other caregiver.” That’s the definition but what is the reality?  I can only speak to my experiences.  My childhood was never going to be stellar given that I was born in Rhodesia in 1970 during what was going to be one of the bloodiest, nastiest African Civil Wars.  Placed for the most part on an isolated coffee estate on the Mozambique border with a father and mother who swirled in a toxic violent alcohol fuelled hell, was clearly not a great start either.  I have lived with the rumours that I wasn’t my father’s natural child, his will on his death confirmed it.  The fact that they were both capable of incredible acts of violence and cruelty, well that was something I was going to enjoy for the first…