The Girl In the Closet by Bill Arthur
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The Sad Story of Lauren Kavanaugh: The Girl in the Closet
By Daily Mail Reporter. Twelve years after Lauren Kavanaugh was found emaciated and imprisoned in a tiny urine-soaked closet, she has revealed her extraordinary strength. Speaking to the Dallas Morning News in a series of powerful interviews, the nowyear-old shared how she has struggled to gain control of her life after suffering six years of sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, Barbara and Kenneth Atkinson. Lauren was nearly two when the courts ordered her adoptive parents, Bill and Sabrina Kavanaugh, to hand her back to her biological mother, Barbara Atkinson. Atkinson, then Barbara Calhoun, had given up Lauren at birth but eight months later the Kavanaughs received a call that she had changed her mind and wanted the little girl back. During the adoption process, their lawyer had mistakenly never filed the paperwork to terminate Atkinson's parental rights and they lost on the technicality, sending the little girl back to her mother. In the following six years, Lauren endured sickening abuse at the hands of the couple, who starved, confined and allegedly raped her and handed her over to other men to sexually abuse.
For six years, Lauren Kavanaugh lived in utter darkness. Starting when she was just three years old, Lauren was forced to sleep in a filthy closet by her mother and stepfather. During that time, she was starved, raped, beaten, tortured, and only allowed to see the light of day when she was taken out of the closet to be abused. Remarkably, Lauren Kavanaugh survived, and she is now 24 years old. She has chosen to share her story with the world in order to let other abuse survivors know that they are not alone. This is Lauren's story.
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