By Lindsay Putnam. Before I can offer a retort, I see my father playing with my son and daughter in the living room. My heart leaps into my throat. My father molested my four sisters and me — and each time, he played Tiger beforehand.
This is not just kids saying, "Show me yours and I'll show you mine. For years it was thought that the deadly cycle of sex abuse began and ended with adult offenders who themselves had been molested as children. Now it looks as if only half the story has been told. The long unacknowledged truth is that there is a large population of molested children in this country who turn around, at startlingly tender ages, and become child molesters themselves. Almost before they can be gathered in for healing as victims, they inflict their terrible wound on others.
It's ugly and, even now, more than 25 years later, difficult for me to say. With my father, in his bed, I first experienced the bump and grind of sexual relations. It was his genitals I first explored; he was the first to touch my body sexually, and those hands have left an indelible imprint.
Rosie O'Donnell reveals she was sexually abused by her late father during her youth. Joseph died in Of course, it changes everyone.