The Girl In the Closet by Bill Arthur
A bond that never formed
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It has been more than 15 years since then 8-year-old Lauren Kavanaugh was found starving, beaten and imprisoned in a tiny urine-soaked closet. Now 23, the brave abuse victim has opened up about her crippling flashbacks and struggles with depression as she tries to put her traumatic past behind her - with the support of her girlfriend, Janae Merrill. I hardly sleep anymore. My anxiety is terrible. I have tried to commit suicide over 30 times. Kavanaugh says she has been left with scars all over her body from the years of abuse. But it's her mental scars that are even harder to heal.
Lauren Kavanaugh spent six years held captive in the closet of her family's Texas home, being beaten and sexually assaulted by her parents. I hardly sleep any more. Phil McGraw in a two-part special this week on his eponymous series. It was always dark. I would cry until I fell asleep. Kavanaugh weighed only 25 lbs.
For six years, Lauren Kavanaugh lived in utter darkness.
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This photo of Lauren was taken Dec. Lauren then suffered six years of torture and starvation at the hands of her mother and stepfather. Courtesy Photo. Several days after Lauren's rescue in June , authorities took this photo of the closet where she was held prisoner inside the Hutchins mobile home of Barbara and Kenneth Atkinson. At 8 years old, she weighed
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