By Donna Ford with Linda Watson-Brown
Abused via her stepmother among the a while of 5 and 11, Donna Ford was categorised 'the bastard', the 'little witch,' and 'the evil one.' She was once overwhelmed, remoted, and afraid to even examine her personal mirrored image by means of actual and psychological abuse that eventually progressed to the main appalling sexual assaults. regardless of an horrendous adolescence, Donna is now a profitable artist and mom of 3 with a massive enthusiasm and an optimism which thoroughly belies her studies. In 2003, Donna watched as her stepmother used to be came upon responsible of 'procuring a minor' for sexual abuse and sentenced to 2 years in legal.
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As we arrived at the stair door of the tenement flat, I looked up at the huge building. This was it. This was home. My Dad looked down at me. ’ he asked. ‘Nothing to worry about,’ he said, looking at my big, wide, brown eyes. ‘This is where we’ll all live – this is where you stay. Now, Helen might be a wee bit busy with the baby, but she’s looking forward to you being here. None of us could wait to have you back. And we’ll get your brother and your sister as soon as we can. You’ll be fine. ’ He squeezed my hand – I’d been holding on to him since we left Haldane House – and put his other hand into a pocket to take out a big latchkey.
I’m married with three wonderful children. I’m a successful artist with a history of acclaimed exhibitions and commissions. And I’m sitting in Edinburgh’s High Court looking at a woman I haven’t seen for 30 years. Helen Ford is standing in the dock. She looks much smaller than she did the last time we had anything to do with each other. Back when she was my stepmother. Back when she locked me in cupboards. Back when she starved me, beat me, tortured me. Back when she organised her parties, turned the music up louder, and laughed while the men she called her friends raped and abused me in our home.
Good friends who disappeared? Strangers dragged in off the street for the day? No one in this picture looks particularly happy. They are standing on some paving slabs with a railing beside them and tall buildings either side. This area now has a shopping mall nearby, the St James Centre, one of the ugliest constructions in Edinburgh. It’s hardly a scene of bridal delight. There is no joy in the photograph, nothing I can really hold on to. God knows I’ve tried. This is all I have of my mother. She looks so young, her dress too big for her, a girl playing at being a bride.