Katie Beers is crowned as New York Times best-selling author for her book, Buried Memories. She is a strong and inspirational woman who is a survivor of sexual assault. Buried Memories is her tale of survival and recovery!
Katie also told her horrifying story on Reddit AMA. It is a platform where people share the most interesting and mind-boggling stories from all around the world. The author told everyone how a family friend sexually assaulted her and how she coped with the dreadful situation!
Katie was abducted on 28 December 1992, by a family friend named John Esposito. Her kidnapping took place two days before her 10th birthday. It’s sad.
John carried off Katie to his home with the false intentions of giving a nice birthday present for her.
It was not the first time Katie fell victim to sexual abuse. She used to live with her godmother, Linda Inghilleri, and her husband, Salvatore. They didn’t treat her very well either.
Moreover, the 35-year-old writer was sexually abused by Salvatore at the age of 2. She described how her past sufferings helped her keep calm through the kidnapping.
Katie Beers said, “I should have been in foster care from the time that I was 2 or even younger. I was sexually abused by my ‘aunt’s’ husband from the time that I was 2 until I was abducted by a ‘family friend’ when I was almost 10.”
The Buried Memories author added, “I was also physically, emotionally and verbally abused by all of the adults who were supposed to take care of me as well as neglected. CPS did come to the house to do interviews with me, but it’s difficult to be truthful with CPS workers when they’re interviewing you in the house where the abuse is occurring in the exact room where it was occurring.”
As per Katie’s account, Esposito first raped her on the day he took her to his house. She was kept in a dungeon which was built under his garage. The young girl was kept there for almost three weeks. Unfortunate!
Moreover, the dungeon embodied 200 pounds of concrete. It was pitch dark inside and had a trapdoor which was covered by a carpet. The floor was further hidden behind a bookcase.
On questioning Esposito about the abduction, he told the law enforcement authority that he took Katie to a toy store and she disappeared from there. After this slippery statement, Esposito became their prime suspect.
The police set up a command post near his house but couldn’t hear or find Katie because she was kept underground.
Eventually Esposito, a.k.a Big John confessed to his crime. Consequently, the offender was sent to prison for 15 years. He died there in 2013.
Katie at last found a loving foster family where she learned to live again. She is now married to a loving husband with two children of her own.
After going through extremely tough times, at least her story had a happy ending.
Katie expressed her feelings:
“There are times that my memory is more clear about the day I was abducted. As part of my coping mechanism, I blocked out the experience.”
She continued, “When working on [her memoir] Buried Memories, I had to allow myself to re-experience the memories. There are things that will randomly trigger my memories, and I’ve learned how to deal with them.”
“The most important part of Buried Memories, is not about the abuse that I sustained, but that because of my support system afterward, that I was able to come out on the other side & have a somewhat normal childhood, teenage years, and adulthood.” She added.
The author concluded, “But… to understand how far I came and the hurdles I jumped, you have to understand what I encountered and endured.”
Katie is indeed a great inspiration for those women who are victims of sexual assault!
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