The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, how was Henrietta Lacks sexually abused?

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The main occurrence of sexual abuse in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks occurs after Henrietta's death from cervical cancer, which results in her children being placed in the care of Ethel and Galen, a couple who was acquainted with the Lacks family and who took advantage of the children in horrific ways.

The book describes how Henrietta's daughter Deborah was sexually abused by Galen, who was violating his role as a parental figure, and how nothing was done to stop this horrific treatment:

She tried to tell Day when Galen touched her in ways she didn't think he was supposed to, but Day never believed her. And Ethel just called Deborah words she’d never heard, like bitch and slut. In the car with Day driving and Ethel in the passenger seat, and everybody drinking except her, Deborah would sit in the back pressed against the car door to get as far away from Galen as she could. But he’d just slide closer. As Day drove with his arm around Ethel in the front, Galen would grab Deborah...

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