1. Have You Seen a Radical Change in Behavior?
Missy was never one for girly things like dolls. She preferred teddy bears and baseball games just like her brothers.
A winning season just ended with an explosion of hats flying up into the air. Everyone headed for the gates, except for Missy.
She had become good at hiding. The ending of the game, the crowd thinning and the lights shutting down, signaled only one thing to her — the car ride home alone with dad.
Sitting in on the floor of a locked, dirty cement bathroom, afraid to go home. Unfortunately, the only one who looked for her was the one person she didn’t want to find her.
When the unthinkable happens, it leaves marks. The sexual assaults began for Missy when she was in second grade. Her grades fell. She became withdrawn and never wanted to go home. Although she could no longer concentrate well enough to learn to read, she cried at the end of the school year — afraid of the summer at home.
Over forty years later, Missy still wonders why no adult in her life noticed she had radically changed overnight.