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Th e Wol f Th at Led M e i nto Dark ness After such darkness, I did wonder about the existence of light. I can?t actually put a detailed time frame on the moment the light was stolen from me, but I have calculated I was not older than 11. That day it was so hot I could smell the warmth of the grass as my aching body moved uncontrollably beneath him. My eyes dipped in and out of focus, tears streaming down my face. The canopy of trees we were buried in came alive as the sun danced with the leaves. I felt removed from my body, perhaps this detachment happens to all little girls that are lead into a forest by the wolf? I lay silently still as I watched him walk away at an entitled pace. Is truth truer when details are remembered or is it purer when they are blurred? I walked backed home as if the whole world had stopped, a million questions in my mind that I had no idea how I would ever find the answers. As I approach the front door I could hear music and laughter. I headed straight to the bathroom at the back of the house, terrified I would be noticed by the noisy crowd. I submerge my pathetic body; shut my eyes and lowered even my head under the water. I did not know then that for a very long time I would forget where I came from, that brilliant warm light. The light so magical and magnificent that I thought everything was possible, before that cold blackness devoured me as a child.

Debi Stevens

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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