Munchausen by proxy (MBP) is the world’s most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, in which the caretaker—almost always the mother—invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals.
The memoir Sickened , by Julia Gregory, provided a detailed account of the child abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents. Though her experience was extremely difficult to read at times, this story was informative and very well written.
During our book club discussion, we realized this was the first time we ever heard about this form of abuse. We also recognized that there are many people around the world, and in our communities, who suffer from things we can't even imagine.
Abuse in any form is difficult to deal with alone. It is important to have a strong support group, or individual, to confide in. Our book club started out as a cool way to connect with like-minded ladies, and has evolved over the years into an unbreakable bond of sister who love and support each other.
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