A Horror Story on so many levels – Helen
A very personal statement from the Author, Mark Giglio
Some readers say Helen should be banned. Some say disgusting. Some say child pornography.
Personally, I don’t know how child pornography reads, and I’m sure you don’t either. I do know what emotional abuse feels like though and how it can ruin relationships. That one quote from Marcy’s mother as she is getting ready to leave, ” I don’t know what I ever did to deserve her.” is something my dad said (of course he said, ‘you’) to me when I was about nine or ten. It’s stuck with me.
She (Marcy) uses the word desperate three or four times describing herself.
Marcy is love starved.
As I look back so was I, and with a daily diet of sarcasm and belittlement it was very frustrating to not be able to have any meaningful relationship that was not tainted and eventually spoiled by my upbringing, and not know why. Now I do. Marcy is a desperate soul. She uses the word desperate three or four times describing herself. Love starved people, especially teens, question their worth. The only thing Marcy can give Helen is herself if she wants to be loved back.
Helen takes advantage of Marcy’s need for love
I find it interesting no one has objected to an impressionable teenager being witness and participating in the embezzlement that Helen laughs off, the dead bodies upstairs, Helen’s part in Anita’s falling down the stairs to her death, the dismemberment of the bodies and sending Marcy’s mom off to Cancun to her certain sad end. Go figure.
This piece is a social statement
I honestly don’t have it in me to write anything glorifying child abuse or using the pain of others for entertainment purposes. An element in the story ‘Helen’ has to do with pedophilia. The mention of this very pervasive problem that has plagued man and womankind since the beginning of time should not illicit an immediate knee jerk reaction, but alas it does. If I write about murder, spousal abuse, bullying, or even erotica (Any 50 Shades of Gray fans out there?), that seems to be just fine.
One in four women and one in six men report having been sexually abused
Over 300 K+ reported cases of child sexual abuse every year
For our common edification, there are over 300 K+ reported cases of child sexual abuse every year (Some analysts believe that is only half of the true number.) 27% of pedophiles are women. Over 40 million adults in this country alone report being sexually abused or raped as children. That’s one in four women and one in six men. Why isn’t this talked about and brought to the fore? Just because a story illustrates the insidious and manipulative powers of Helen, a pedophile, over her niece, the author does not condone the characters behavior, on the contrary.
If you are a silent victim of pedophilia, face it, talk about it, exorcise it and you will find you will be stronger for it