Ivana Landmann [1984] A

Biography

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I am the religious child of my beloved parents

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At age three my father forces me to watch as he rapes my mother

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At age five my mother’s lover starts sexually abusing me

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At age eight my father abducts me and declares my mother dead

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At age nine my father terrorizes me and my mother with sexual violence

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At age ten my father orders me to punish him by inflicting physical harm on him and tries to kill us both

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At age eleven my brother is born and my stepfather stops raping me

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At age eleven I have to leave grammar school, suffer from anorexia and receive psychiatric treatment for hallucinations

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At age thirteen I use speed, tranquillizers, alcohol and methadone

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At age fourteen I discover my bisexuality

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At age fourteen I lead an intense, restless life without knowing how I can prove myself

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At age fifteen I run away from boarding school, communal residence projects and homes, and become a prostitute to get an endless supply of heroin

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At age fifteen I look for, and find, a sense of belonging in the community of outsiders

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At age fifteen my stepfather accuses me in court of seducing him and is released from jail early

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At age sixteen, as a result of taking fewer drugs, I suffer from paranoia, psychosis and hallucinations

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At age sixteen I am diagnosed as having cirrhosis of the liver

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Since I was sixteen, my life has been saved several times by emergency admissions after polytoxicomanic drug use

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At age seventeen my father has me forcibly committed to a youth psychiatric clinic

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At age seventeen I am given my first prison sentence

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Since I was seventeen, I have been given prison sentences for illegal prostitution, drug dealing, robbery and theft and dealing in stolen property

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At age seventeen I rent some space to live in the villa of my uncle and his whores

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At age twenty-two my poison relationship with the man I love comes to an end

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At age twenty-three I am clean and have no idea what to do with my boundless energy

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