Young Marco, blissfully living with his grandparents, is whisked away to a new school when his parents re-enter his life. Befriended by Father McCool, Marco is groomed with methodical precision, exclusive indulgences, and thrilling sports outings. Slowly, he is introduced to alcohol and porn, molested, and programmed for life with sexual perversions. Years later, Marco self-medicates in a subconscious attempt to suppress the lurid memories of dark secrets hidden behind closed rectory doors and to control an insatiable appetite for morally depraved behavior. He struggles to prove to himself there is a virtuous self hiding deep inside. When he finds a patient and understanding therapist, the reconstruction of his twisted life begins. But by now the rippling effect of abuse has spread throughout his dysfunctional family. Marco crawls, wobbles and falls, gets back up, and continues on his painful yet heroic journey to separate himself from the shameful creature he'd become ... all the while juggling single parenthood and his career along with his internal battles.
Author: Helen J. Wisocki, Marco L. Bernardino Sr Publisher: All Things That Matter Press Published: 06/12/2011 Pages: 256 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.76lbs Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 0.54d ISBN: 9780984639274
About the Author Marco L. Bernardino, Sr., is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and works to bring hope and help to others in similar situations. His aspiration for this book is that it will offer a path to recovery for victims who feel alienated from mainstream society - a direct and insufferable result of the actions of predators lurking in the shadows of our churches. Helen J. Wisocki has published short stories and co-authored Innocence Betrayed. She owns a retail business in Newburyport, and resides in Massachusetts. Helen helps others put their life stories on paper.