This is a story about a child growing up in a world of abuse that led her to become an ongoing victim as an adult. Rebecca falls to the stereotypical battered-wife syndrome. She struggles to survive in a world of starvation, brutal beatings, and humiliation that descends to rape and entrapment. You will come away from this feeling the human spirit's ability to survive both physically and emotionally. Rebecca Mendez grew up abused and neglected in an era of which society provided few alternatives for women and children - it meant just remaining in their situation. It is time to tell my story in hopes of helping others. I am t a doctor or a psychologist. My only credits on the subject are that I myself grew up under abuse and later became a battered wife. Although it took me, a long time I did escape. Now, my life is filled with love and I enjoy the pleasure of being safe and free. If you are living a life of despair and abuse, this book will be a refuge. If you have never experienced the horrors of abuse, first be thankful, second pray for those still entrapped, and third read this book. Revised February 2013 for editing by Adrienne Koch for your reading pleasure.