1 July 2016

Published June 29, 2016 by rochellewisoff

Summer ShowcaseSummer is the time for vacations, picnics on the beach and reruns on the telly. For me it’s a time to meet a deadline in July for my third novel in my series entitled AS ONE MUST ONE CAN. Many thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for your favorite reruns. 

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 99

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            In Rowena’s thirty-eighth year the flashbacks started.  One by one, memories from her childhood surfaced like debris in a whirlpool. Among them were the uncle who molested her and the neighbor who raped her then threatened her with worse if she told. Both happened before her twelfth birthday. 

            To punish her body for its betrayal, she starved it. Reduced to bone and thinning skin, her defense against pain became her prison.

            “What are you feeling?” asked her therapist.


            “Does it help?” He pointed to her scarred arm.


            “Do you really want to die, Rowena?”

            “I’m already there.”

107 comments on “1 July 2016

  • I clicked “Like” only because I agree this type of abuse has to be brought out to air so the public is aware. Unfortunately, the censors here have seen it necessary to block the film clip. They even blocked the film clip on YouTube. I’ll say no more about that. Good post, Rochelle. I hope things are improving. We certainly don’t protect our children by hiding the fact this goes on as in years past. Sweeping it under “the carpet” only makes it worse. Well written as always. —- Suzanne

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      • Thanks, Rochelle. I tried the link and they’ve got that blocked also. It might possibly have something to do with copyright law. Who knows. Conservatives here also become uncomfortable about some subjects. I read in the newspapers that more women and girls are reporting abuse these days so there’s room for hope. I thought I remembered you mentioning your past problems. I’m so glad you got professional help and that’s in the past for you. I warned my children as my mother had warned me. She didn’t believe in hiding matters like that. —- Suzanne


        • “Conservatives here also become uncomfortable with some subjects.”
          Sadly some conservative religious institutions have been covering and defending these predators(this is a reference to Evangelical institutions; a number of my Twitter followers have been beating their drums, standing up for abuse victims).


          • Dear Kevin and Suzanne,

            I’m still not sure why the song would be blocked. It would have to be copyright laws between countries. There’s nothing in the song that should rattle a conservative. I have gone back on previous blogs to find that a song or video is no longer available for whatever reason.




  • A powerful story. But haven’t I seen it before? It’s very similar to the story you posted a few weeks back, but more than that – I’m sure I’ve already read the final dialogue. I looked back on your site and couldn’t find it. Must be déjà vu. Spooky. In any case, it’s a great story. And it differs from the previous one in that this one starts with the exploration of coping mechanisms rather than with denial.

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    • Dear Neil,

      This one is similar to one I posted the week before last. I didn’t plan it that way and they weren’t originally posted this close together as I explained to CE. it was the way they fell with asking others to choose their favorite prompt. This story and the one from 2 weeks back are chapters from the same story. Neither starvation nor cutting worked in the long run as coping mechanisms. I’m happy to say that “Rowena” has moved on and finally laid the horrid past to rest. At any rate, I’m glad you liked the story and left a great comment.
      Thank you.




  • WordPress forces us to ‘like’ what is unlikeable as if we are somehow consenting. You tell very strong tales as usual but I was pleased to read in the comments that this tale had a happy ending. So in conclusion, great story, but the like goes to the happy ending if you don’t mind.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      Rowena’s outlook was pretty bleak then. Fortunately the only trace of her is the silvery, hardly noticeable wrist scars. Thank you for such a wonderful comment/compliment. Coming from you it means a lot. (One more chapter to go.)




  • “Do you know your name?”
    “Yeah. Stupid.”

    Those days are FAR behind. You came a loooooooong way since. As Teddy would say, “Bully!”

    And BULLY for the story! Five out of five mustache waxes. 😉


    • Dear Cuz,

      This makes me grin. I just wrote a Bully chapter about my favorite president. 😉 I hardly recognize Rowena anymore. Thank you for the mustache waxes and the comments.


      Cuzzin Shelley


  • Powerful words about those things that can make us powerless. Glad this story has a happy ending. So often, they don’t. You are so right in saying the proper support network and professional help is crucial to recovery.

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    • Dear Phylor,

      This has been a difficult story to share, even the second time around. It’s a part of my life that’s in the past but…there’s always that feeling of transparency in sharing a story like this. Thank you for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it.




  • The depths to which we can sink and survive are incredible, Rochelle. To climb back up into the sun, though, that is another kind of strength.
    On a writerly note, I wasn’t clear whether the anorexia was in the past or part of what she and the therapist were dealing with in the present of the story.


    • Dear Björn,

      As a therapist told ‘Rowena’ if you don’t acknowledge the past you can’t heal which really mucks up the future. There were times she really didn’t believe she had a future. Glad she changed her mind. 😉

      Thank you.




  • This is like a blow to the head! Memories ‘like debris in a whirlpool’ – astonishingly precise and accurate simile showing the state of her mind and her view of her own memories. Really punchy, tragic. Terrible and glorious. A really good story.


    • Dear Ted,

      I’m racing a deadline this summer for novel # 3 the third in Havah’s story. This story did have a happy ending as Rowena faced the past and went on to a brighter future.

      Thank you.




  • Powerful and sad description of abuse and depression. I too am glad ‘Rowena’ is healing. I give my likes for the post and the writing, not for the content or theme of the story.

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  • Wow. This is a beautifully sad story and well told as you do. I understand why people did not want to hit the like button. As I was reading it my stomach began to twist as I got the suspicion this one was based on experience. Sure enough the comments let me know that it is so. I am so glad that Rowena has pushed through the eddy and emerged as a vibrant, talented woman sharing her gifts with the world. Thank you for all you do and all you share Rochelle.

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  • Dear Madge,
    Tough subject matter, but the writing puts us right there and we feel the pain. Sadly, this kind of thing still happens. No matter how good the support system or therapy, I don’t think those who’ve suffered this kind of abuse ever really become whole again. I hope God has a special place reserved for the perpetrators.

    Oscar Needlemier

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  • Dearest Rochelle,

    Again, hugs and love. “Rowena” is the past. So very happy to know that she has healed/is healing, and has found the right life, the good life. May she be always surrounded by love.

    Beautifully told, terrible story.


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  • That’s a tough one to read, Rochelle, although your writing is as beautiful in pain as it is in any other subject. Hopefully, although there is weeping for the night, joy comes in the morning, though the healing must be slow in a situation like this.

    I hope your summer’s going well.

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    • Dear David,

      There were times it seemed like the pain would never end…that it was the end. Rowena’s story does have a happy ending. Thus far, the summer’s going well. Novel completed and awaiting edits.

      Thank you.



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  • To damage a little child is the lowest act. Unthinkably cruel. You tell Rowena’s story so well – gets right to the heart of things. I join the previous commenters in applauding her for fighting back and earning her happy ending.

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    • Something else that’s low is blaming the child for the abuse. Someone I encountered in Twitter(she interacts with some of my followers) was molested by a seminary student and her pastor blamed her and her family, and during the trial at on the predator’s side of the courtroom. Sadly in some of these churches people don’t get the help they need, because psychology is seen as ungodly and the church counselors just preach at people, lecture them on forgiveness, etc.

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      • Dear Margaret and Kevin,

        I don’t know where molesters get off blaming their victims. Part of the sickness that usually goes back to his of her own abuse issues.
        Alas, Kevin, some churches are incubators for such things. I say some. Like anywhere, there are those that aren’t. Corruption and depravity are found everywhere. 😦

        Thank you and shalom,



  • Yuck, such awful memories for her to keep hidden, slowly poisoning her mind body and soul. I hope the therapist can help her overcome the trauma she faced at such a young age. Very well done. I just wish stories like this didn’t have that ring of truth…

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    • Dear Trent,

      I’m pleased to report that Rowena did have the right help and support system. The battle was long and horrible but she rose victorious. There are so many horror stories, I wish they didn’t have to be told.

      Thank you.



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      • The stories do need to be told so hopefully new ones aren’t created – knowledge can be power. And I would think having them told instead of moldering inside must help the healing process.


  • Dear Rochelle,
    How one can live with a secret so life-changing for so many years is unbelievable. The shame and guilt and the belief that you are the only one it has happened to. But Rowena is alright now, isn’t she?
    Best wishes

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  • What a powerful story, Rochelle, with so much emotion behind it reflected in all the words you chose to convey it. Who can blame her for shutting the world and people out of her life. Anorexia was her coping mechanism. I’m glad Rowena got help.

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    • Dear Amy,

      It’s weird how those coping mechanisms, anorexia and cutting, in themselves can be fatal. And yet that abused mind thinks they’re working. Then one day you wake up and realize that your method of control is controlling you. Hard to get off that carousel, but so wonderful when you can. 😉 Rowena is a lucky woman.



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  • Very sad but powerful story Rochelle. When I read it the first time, I was very disturbed as always when I read this type of crime towards women. makes me sad. I could not comment then. One always reads and feels sad but when it has happened to a friend or a near and dear one impact is very hard. There are many cases in India where the monsters did not leave 2 to 6 years old and killed them brutally and get away. Sad indeed.

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    • Dear Indira,

      There are too many heart wrenching stories. Why do the monsters often get away. And getting away with murder is even worse. So many women are speaking out, which is good. We were usually admonished with “don’t tell or it will be worse.” Even when the memories started surfacing well meaning friends asked if i was just trying to get attention. Maddening.

      I’m glad you were able to comment this time. Thank you very much.



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      • In my country it’s always women they blame. Even police also say if you come out this will happen. But things are changing, but very slowly. How barbaric thing to say that one is coming out to get attention.


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