So, here's my message to Congress....coming from a child abuse survivor.
Dear JK Rowling, You have always been there for me.
I avoid parents, mothers, and family as conversation topics with people who aren’t in my immediate circle. I do this for many reasons, but a primary one is the way folks have reacted to the news that I am estranged from my parents. Over the past 9 months I’ve heard a few insulting little gems.
EXCERPT: Here is the secret I never told my aunts, my uncles, my teachers, my pastor, my first serious boyfriend, and most certainly not a single friend: I grew up terrified of my mother. All the time.