Reneé Gasser [1960] CH

Biography

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I am the daughter of working parents who have little time for their five children

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At age nine, I have my first period and hide this fact during five years from my parents

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At age fifteen, I am raped by a man who hits me and threatens me

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At age fifteen, I do not suspect my pregnancy

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At age sixteen, my unwanted child dies

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At age seventeen, I use my mother’s tranquilizers

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At age eighteen, I cut and burn my body and drink alcohol

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At age nineteen, my suicide attempt fails

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At age nineteen, I feel safe in the comfort of my shared life with my beloved wife

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At age nineteen, I drink excessive amounts of alcohol

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At age twenty-four, I am being asked too much by my wish-child

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At age thirty-one, I divorce the father of my second child and am sober

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At age thirty-six, I am independent, and secretly drink

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At age forty, my boyfriend is dependent on drugs and on me

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At age forty-one, my boyfriend rapes and abuses me every day

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At age forty-one, I drink and my friend gives me cocaine without my knowing

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At age forty-one, I am submitted to enforced psychiatric treatment after a nervous breakdown

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At age forty-two, I snort heroine, drink continuously, and no longer defend myself against being raped and abused

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At age forty-two, I am convicted for the illegal possession of guns, after my boyfriend has shot at me

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At age forty-three, in a state of apathy and self-neglect, I allow my boyfriend to terrorize and blackmail me, use heroine and cocaine, and deal in drugs

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At age forty-five, I live in agony, am arrested, convicted, and endure my punishment

From a dialogue with the participant and with the aid of the matrix a biography of basic facts is developed, which portrays the person’s life as a sequence of events and decisions, of acts and reactions.

The texts of the biographies are spoken by the participants themselves, and recorded for the audio modules of the Baby Dolls and the project’s audio archive.