This autoethnographic study contains vignettes from my life of unrelated but interconnected experiences of sexual abuse which profoundly impacted my life through moments of epiphanous transformation. I am using my voice as the researcher and researched to write authentically and evocatively as a way of truth telling about a difficult subject. This autoethnography invites you to walk in the shoes of myself as the storyteller and for that reason the vignettes are deliberately provocative and expose aspects of my life that have previously been hidden. The vignettes weave together stories that have had a profound impact on me which eventually led me to a career in education. I contend that these experiences laid the foundations for what kind of educator I would become.
Autoethnography, Evocative Autoethnography, Phenomenology, Reflexivity, Sexual Abuse, Childhood Sexual Abuse
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors, Associate Professor Jane Southcott and Dr Penny Round for their compassion and care for me as I worked through this article. Their continued encouragement and guidance allowed me to be as authentic as possible during this process. I would also like to thank my children, whose courage and honesty make me the proudest Mum on the planet.
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Barley, K. D. (2020). Life is like a box of Derwents - An Autoethnography Colouring in the Life of Child Sexual Abuse. The Qualitative Report, 25(2), 504-524. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.4155