In October, 2011, two sisters, ages 14 and 15, came to StoryCorps to remember confiding in each other about being sexually abused.
The girls’ abuser was their uncle and part-time caretaker.
They recorded this conversation just 10 days after he was found guilty of sexual assault. Their names are withheld to respect their privacy.
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Younger Sister (YS): Who was the first person that you told?
OS: It was you. You, my little sister. And you suffered as much as I did, but I didn't know that it was the same for you. And when we both spoke out about this together, I felt like somebody pressed play, and I was living. I wasn't just stuck in my bedroom waiting for the day to pass by.
YS: And how did you feel at the sentencing when he had the nerve to stare you in the face and tell you that he was sorry.
OS: I couldn't do anything except look away. So I looked at you, and I knew that we had each other. And when he admitted it to everyone else, I knew that it wasn't my fault. It was him—I was free. I feel more relieved by the day.
The more I spend time with you, the more it's like we're going to be able to have this life that's filled with everything that we need: love, hope, happiness and each other. We … we don't need anything else, right?
OS: Just us.