It has been said that one of the most dangerous places for a child to live is in a home with a non-biological male. It’s a statistical fact that parents are more likely to abuse their stepchildren than they are their biological children— a phenomenon commonly referred to as the Cinderella effect in evolutionary psychology.
In spite of the warnings, Marjorie Van Ness chose to marry the one man that everyone hated. Stefanie’s new step-father wasted no time in showing her who was boss. Meanwhile, her mother did nothing to protect her from the physical and emotional abuse that he inflicted upon her child.
The story illustrates both the mistreatment and ambivalence toward a stepchild, as well as the lasting impact that witnessing spousal abuse can have on a child.
The wait is over, " It Won't Happen Again" is here.
"Susan's story is an important reminder that women face challenges not only in the workplace but in their own homes. Witnessing this reality through the eyes of a child, the reader is placed in the same gut wrenching position as Stefanie, wondering why it happens and, more importantly, who can stop it. No one asked those questions out loud back then, and this book is not about finding the answers. It is about a daughter who endures--and a story that needs to be told."
Alison Cotter, "Author, From This Day Forward"