The odd thing is that, for all the savagery of the beatings, we believed that we 'enjoyed' school. No one in the 1950s thought that it was harmful - these acts of barbarism were 'character forming'. As for the sexual abuse, there was no vocabulary to discuss these issues. Not only were they shameful to the victim, but unspeakable.
When I left to attend a local college I was totally lost. I had become institutionalised and couldn't manage the freedom.
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