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Locked In A Closet At 3 And Raped By Parents For 5 Years - Survivor Speaks Out At 21

Lauren Kavanaugh was terrified when at 3 years old she was locked in a wardrobe by her mother because she was crying. Later the same day began what turned to 5 years of agony as her own parents turned her into a sex slave. She was was banned from leaving the closet, was rarely fed, and was only brought out to be tortured and raped nightly by her paedophile mother and step-father.

Lauren's childhood was spent living captive in the 4ft by 9ft closet, separated from her brothers and sisters and the rest of the world. Their parents called Lauren their 'little secret', but they were caught when they showed her off to a horrified neighbour who alerted police.

Lauren, now a 21-year-old student, is bravely speaking out about her horrifying ordeal so she can help other survivors of sexual abuse.

Lauren tells her story, via UK Mirror,

“One day mum was so sick of me sobbing. She grabbed my arm and told me, ‘get into the closet.’
I was huddled in there for hours under a rail of dresses and shirts. I thought it was a punishment. There was no water or food, just darkness.”

Lauren was only three years old. She recalled later being pulled out of the closet and raped.

“They put country music on blaring to hide my screams. After hours of abuse, I was bundled back into the closet, confused and in agony.From then on, it became my new home.I couldn’t do anything in the darkness. I slept in there and had to use it for the bathroom. The carpet was drenched in urine and I lay under a thin, wet blanket.”

While she endured endless days of misery and horror, she could hear her brothers and sisters laughing and playing outsise, who were not abused.

Lauren was also tortured and burnt with cigarettes. She was also starved.

“I was weak from hunger and was tied down so I couldn’t fight back. I had to eat anything I could find in the closet.I was only let out for torture. One day, mum ran me a bath and pushed my head under water.When I was six mum put a bowl of macaroni cheese in front of me. She told me I could chew it – but then had to spit it out.”
Grown up Lauren.

When she was pulled from the tiny cupboard aged eight, she weighed just 25.6 pounds - the same as the average two-year-old. She was rushed to surgery where she was fitted with a colostomy bag, but her organs were shutting down.

After being rescued in 2001, Lauren Sabrina and Bill Kavanaugh adopted her – but her early trauma had a lasting impact and she would hide food for later, worried it would vanish.

She did not even know how to play with toys. She also had the mental age of someone much younger and would try and sleep in her wardrobe every night.

“The first time I saw grass I was eight and I thought it was biting my feet. When I had baths I would yell, ‘don’t drown me."

Lauren returned to school and completed her exams. She now supports other victims of sexual abuse.

“I’ve started studying psychology at college, I plan to go to university next year. My dream is to qualify as a counsellor.But I really want to help victims like me to overcome their abuse and be strong. I’ve been in their shoes and came out the other side.”

Her mother Barbara Atkinson and stepfather Kenny Atkinson, from Dallas, Texas, were convicted of abusing Lauren in 2002 and jailed for life. They are not eligible for parole until 2031.

Apparently sickos are a dime a dozen. I saw this post from January 2015 on and I just had to show you guys these sickos. I thank God justice is served and more importantly that Lauren has recovered from the trauma. 


  1. The heart of man is truly wicked

  2. Wow! Thank God she made it out alive and is doing better. I still can't fathom the reasoning/rationale behind this despicale act.

  3. I'm lost for words!
    I want to scream, KILL THEM!
    I want to just cry.
    I want to beg God to take his world already.
    I want to do so much....

    This is why My mom said some are "Mothers", others are just their personal surrogate! This woman right here will make the Devil sober!

    1. You do have amusing yet reasonable and insightful words for everything or occasion!

  4. I can't comprehend this... how a woman can do this to her own child. Even a mentally ill woman shouldn't do this not to talk of a sane one.

  5. Too bad.
    I'm glad too they're convicted and she's fine fine.


  6. This is horrible, such evil people!
    Such wickedness, so the useless parents would just be in jail, only jail?? they should have added daily torturing to their daily menu for life.!
    Thank God for her life..

  7. The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. How can a mother do this to her own child? This is evil beyond comprehension. Thank God she turned out ok.

  8. Sickos everywhere. I can't deal menn.

  9. God have mercy. Evil people in this world. I thank God she was rescued from this evil she had as parents.

  10. Happy birthday in arrears T.!!!!

  11. My goodness. They shouldn't let this idiots out come 2031.

    They are meant to be locked up

  12. This is terrible...I am short of words....#JoyDaNuGirl

  13. There are no names to describe some parents. Wickedness at its height!

    Thank heavens she pulled through.

  14. I read the story sometime ago on Yahoo and couldn't make any sense of what the motivation for the parent was; especially the mother.

    Some people are really sick. Thank God she survives it and is able to tell the story.



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