Rebecca Mertens [1976] D

Biography

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As an infant maybe as a small child, I might be being abused

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At age three, I am for the first time being treated by a therapist

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At age six, the police brings me home for the first time

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At age nine, I start being sexually abused

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At age ten, I start drinking

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At age twelve, I play truant a lot, and stay away from home nights on end

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At age fourteen, I am sent to a home

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At age sixteen, I shoot heroin

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At age eighteen, I am taken into custody

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At age twenty-four, I enter therapy

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At age twenty-five, I quit therapy and go back on heroin

Rebecca Mertens wrote her biography by herself during a term of imprisonment. This biography exerted a strong influence on the character and method of compiling a dry, strictly factual biography, which was developed with participants of projects that followed.