Rosemary stuffed 3 cookies into her mouth, chewed and gulped. She really didn’t taste anything. It was more important to hide the package of remaining cookies from Mother. It was and is not easy being a teenage girl; it is definitely not easy being a teenage girl in an Irish Catholic rigid home when you are the only girl with 3 brothers. It is even less easy when your father is raping you, you’ve told your mother and she responds with ‘just don’t talk about it’, so Rosemary tells her brothers who are distressed that their father would do this, that their mother would not talk about it, that their sister has been violated and that, as men….who usually do a manly thing and fix problems …. they cannot fix this problem. No, it was not easy. But, the cookies were good.


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