I'd just like to put out for the record - so i can be added as a statistic, stand up and be counted - my real name and a little about me. I was too cynical and fearful of the unknown to report as a child, not to mention feeling great responsibility towards not shattering my mother and sibling's world. It's too late for the statue of limitations and my parents are already dead. I am the ONLY PERSON ALIVE who knows the real truth, which is stunning to know you suffered so much but its reality does not exist for anyone else. So I've written my story and now want to report to the public in an attempt to make adoption statistics more accurate.
My entire adult life has been spent trying to overcome this childhood by obliterating its existence.
It has taken four decades for me to realize i am not super human and it took a nearly tragic existential crisis to force me to acknowledge and unravel how cancerous being adopted and abused was to my well being and ability to function in society.
I don't feel my story counts for anything if I am not willing to back that up, and I can't do that as an anonymous person.
My name is Leanne Leith
I was born March 3rd, 1964
I was adopted from Korea in December of 1966, from the Holt adoption agency.
I was raised in Taylor, Michigan, an all white suburb of Detroit.
From approximately 1967 to 1976 I was molested regularly by my adoptive father.
My abuser's name was David F. Leith, a Melvindale Jr. High School music teacher.
Out of four children, three were biological.
I was the only one abused.
Please stop inter country adoption.
This practice allows other countries to neglect their social services to needy parents.
This practice turns little people into commodities for a multitude of self-serving and dubious rationales.
This practice severely and negatively confuses a child's identity and culture.
The adoption case gets closed and filed but the child must carry on in isolation, to live with the consequences.
Please, all abused adoptees that can, please come forward and be counted as well.
We exist. Let us all be counted.
(I've added a category topic called "statistics" for those of you who would like to take part)