I, too, am a survivor!
Fifty-seven years have passed since Marilyn Van Derbur was crowned Miss America. Approximately fifty million viewers tuned into the pageant in 1958. She instantly became known across the U.S. Girls and women wanted to be like her. Men wanted to date her. It was a different world for women, and appearances were more important than truth.
Or, so it seemed. Never did she imagine that her truth could be set free.
It wasn’t until she reached her 53rd birthday that she was finally able to say out loud in public, “I am an incest survivor.” Some people doubted her story. At that time, Marilyn confirmed what so many sexual abuse victims felt when she said, “If people are not going to believe 53 year old me, who would believe a child.” When her sister said her prominent father had sexually abused her, too, her story was more widely embraced…
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