What you endured was inhumane and cruel, says Annalisa Barbieri. People do make complaints about historical childhood abuse and get resolution
As I’ve got older, my childhood has increasingly preyed on my mind. I grew up in a single-parent family. My mother was considered a wonderful woman: gentle, vulnerable, put upon, innocent, naive, abandoned by her beastly husband. My experience was that she was a vile, sadistic woman who grovelled and flattered in public, but in private sought to revive her ego by terrifying me. My father escaped her: she kept me.
As a young girl, she would regularly threaten to kill me and I would have to plead for my life. She would discipline me by threatening to kill herself and get me to promise to kill people she didn’t like. She would also subject me to humiliating and intimate washing routines which went on until I was a teenager.