The Girl in the Closet
An 8-year-old girl spent six years locked away in a closet, naked, starved, infested with lice and surrounded by human waste. For the first time, Lauren, now 18, bravely speaks out about the unimaginable horrors she suffered at the hands of her own parents.
In Her Own Words
Lauren says being taken out of the closet only meant one thing. “They took me out of the closet to have sex with me. There were three steps. The first step was oral. And then the second step was they would have sex with me on the bed and tie me down. There was blood all over the sheets, everywhere. The third step: They would take me to the shower, so that they could have sex with me in there. When they were done with me, they would beat me and throw me in the closet. It was like torture.
“My mom would bring home guys or girls to have sex with me. If I screamed or yelled, that really made them mad. My parents thought it was hilarious for them to watch. And I had to do what they said, so I could stay alive. My parents would use some kind of weapon to beat me. I have scars all over my body where they have cut me. My stepdad would get the gun that was beside his bed, put it to my head and pull the trigger, pretending to shoot me.”
“If I had a message for my parents, it would say, ‘Rot in jail,’ because that is where they belong,” Lauren says.