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Exposed: Sitting in the Blood of Generational Consequences by Cousia Towns is a memoir of one woman’s journey through sexual abuse and rape, going through the pain of her mother’s murder, and abandonment. Cousia was raped by her father as a little girl and she has lived with the trauma over the years. She captures the painful experience in the following words: ‘The trauma of my past silenced me for a very long time. My father's threats haunted me my entire childhood! The words, “If you tell, I’ll kill you,” replayed in my head again and again while I was awake and asleep.’ As if growing up without the tender love of a mother wasn’t enough, she had to experience the failure of a disappointing foster care system. This memoir documents her journey towards healing and inner freedom and the power of God in her life.
This story is told in a voice that is clear and intimate. It is unalloyed and the rawness in tone depicts Cousia Towns’s acceptance of who she is and demonstrates that she can face her experiences. While the reader is pulled in by the poignancy of the narrative, there is an inspiring twist which is all about the author’s inner journey, one that transforms her from a broken and victimized woman to a loving, caring mother. Exposed: Sitting in the Blood of Generational Consequences is honest, compelling, and reflects the author’s courage in castigating the evil that haunts little girls. Her voice is one of hope, especially to those who have experienced abuse and been paralyzed by it. The message is loud and clear: They can be free, too.