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ori was taking her bath; and Mom was at the table in Grandpa’s room working on a crossword puzzle. I felt Stanley’s hand creeping onto my thigh. I looked at him, but he was staring at the Hee cheap nike free run Haw Honeys so intently that I couldn’t be sure he was doing it on purpose, so I knocked his hand away without saying anything. A few minutes later, the hand came creeping back. I lookeddownand saw that Uncle Stanley’s pants were unzipped and he was playing with himself nike free run 2 review . I felt like hitting him, but I was afraid I’d get in trouble the way Lori had after punching Erma, so I hurried out to Mom.
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„Oh, you’re probably imagining it,“ she said.
„He groped me! And he’s wanking off!“Mom cocked her head and looked concerned. „Poor Stanley,“ she said. „He’s so lonely.““But it was gross!“Mom asked me if I was okay. I shrugged and nodded. „Well, there you go,“ she said. She said that sexual assault was a crime of perception. nike free running shoes „If you don’t think you’re hurt, then nike free 5.0 v4 you aren’t,“ she said. „So many women make such a big deal out of these things. But you’re stronger than that.“ She went back to her crossword puzzle.
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