I was very young. Little more than a baby when it started. For years I had no idea what was happening to me. I did not understand that it was wrong. For years I was sexually abused by an older cousin.

When the extended family finally discovered what was going on, I was removed from family events. My parents were convinced by the lawyer that pursuing legal action would be more harmful for me than just sweeping it under the carpet. So it was swept away.

So, years later, as a teenager when I was raped at a christian rock festival I desperately tried to sweep it away. Pretend it didn’t happen. But it did.