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&apos;8 Thursday, May 1,. 1997 PahrumpVaiJey Gazette  Jeanna watches through the bars of her crib. Her tiny body tenses with fear when she sees the shadow on the wall. Pain. The infant's daddy insists on changing his daughter's diaper. He hurts her. He always hurts her. This is Jeanna's earliest memory. Jeanna is an adult survivor of child abuse. Jeanna is a miracle. She survived sexual, physical, mental abuse and torture that began in infancy and continued. Her name has been changed to 3rotect her privacy. 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"  .: .: , .:i.::!::::.::`.**.!:*.* : !:... :.+:.. ::::;':::iL,:;'';,:.:::::;-'::...':$:!!-:.::..:: .i:!L!?.::::L`i::::i:!!::..:::`!::i::.;?::$!:!!!;! !::i!::::!:!" .';: ::`;:`?.::!.:::!:`i:`.:`:.`.:`::<.$::::::::.:::.: "(4" ": :' : ..::: '::::::,:. " ::.. :: ..:.. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::.L':::. only a small portion of the abuse she suffered can be profiled here. Raped repeatedly by the time she was three. Hurt with objects inserted into her body cavities. Hit when she protested. The tiny, porcelain skinned child learned early not to cry. "Jeanna has been naughty and needs to be punished," an uncle said after he had ejaculated in the four year old's mouth and all over her face. The child's mother put her in the bug and rat infested basement for two hours. The little girl, quivering with cold and terror, begged her unrelenting mother to "please turn on the light." "I never get over feeling cold," Jeanna says. Her head hurt from the pressure of Daddy's big hands over each ear as he carried her, by her head, to the room where he threw her on the bed. The cold hurt more. Stripped of her clothing, the toddler shivered while her Daddy rubbed his penis over her face and body. When he penetrated her, "the pressure felt like my legs were being torn off." School. Scary. She went alone, just across the street. First day. Lots of mothers with their children. Kids playing and laughing. Jeanna was different. She was sure they were looking at her and laughing. She thought their moth- ers were telling them not to play with her. Couldn't sit in class any longer. She needed to use the toilet, but bath- CHOOSE FROM THESE NAMES: Muzelle Petrof Technics Kawai Lowrey Suzuki Baldwin Kimball Roland Young Chang Hammond ]ohanus USED USED is SHEET ORGANS MUSIC EGGS 25 TECHNICS ROLAND SUZUKI DIGITALS KEYBORADS USED PIANO BENCHES each FIRST COME FIRST SERVE 2 DAYS ONLY SAT SUN MAY SRO MAY 4TH 25 .. 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Family entertainment. Mommy was there to tell her eight year old daughter, "You better make your daddy stop what he's doing to you, or you'll never be able to have children when you grow up." "How can I make him stop? I've been trying to make him stop hurting me all my life," she screamed. But her screams stayed inside, living there with her tears. "I love you" were words Jeanna never heard from her parents. She heard plenty of others: Bitch, whore, bad girl and many that are unprintable. Mingled with her pain and fear were shame and guilt. Daddy left the family for a young woman with a two year old daughter when Jeanna was 14. Mommy tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized. Mommy sent for Jeanna and told her, "You must go to the police and tell them all the things your daddy did to you if you want me to get out of here." Jeanna was afraid. Daddy said he'd kill her and the rest of the family if she ever told. It was their secret. Mommy insisted. Jeanna obeyed. She told her story to two officers. They asked her questions, wrote things on papers and asked more ques- tions. She described in detail what Daddy had done to her. The uniformed men kept asking questions. The girl was ashamed. Searching for a word that wouldn't sound so bad, she nervously blurted, "I guess you could say he abducted me." The two men looked at each other, tore up the papers and threw them in the trash. One of them said, "You go home, and quit telling bad stories about your Daddy." She heard them laughing as she left. The abuse revealed here is true. Sadly, it is only a glimpse of the sadistic, painful, degrading abuse Jeanna suffered from her father, his six brothers and two cousins. The mental battering and physical abuse heaped on by her mother. The silence of relatives who knew. Jeanna' s survival is as heroic as a prisoner of war. The fight her psyche made to live. Her decision to heal. 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