Many of us are filled with memories of a positive and cheerful childhood, but unfortunately that is not the case for everyone. Debbie Rosa is a nineteen-year-old resident of Riverside, CA, formerly from Los Angeles, CA. She is an undergraduate at the University of California Riverside where she plans to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Debbie is a young woman who was torn between maintaining an unhealthy and harmful father–daughter relationship or severing all ties to her father and risk being unfairly judged, condemned and criticized by her extended family members and friends. She was a victim stuck in an abusive familial relationship for many years, but she chose not to surrender her dignity.
As I passed through the black gate, down the narrow pathway that lead to the pool, I noticed Debbie sitting on an adirondack chair...
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