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Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s daughter says stepdad abused her and mother knew

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Canadian author Alice Munro’s daughter mentioned that her stepfather sexually abused her as a toddler and that her mom was instructed however stayed with him, in a damning account revealed after the Nobel laureate’s demise. File
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Canadian author Alice Munro’s daughter mentioned July 7 that her stepfather sexually abused her as a toddler and that her mom was instructed however stayed with him, in a damning account revealed after the Nobel laureate’s demise.

Andrea Robin Skinner wrote within the Toronto Star that she was 9 when, in 1976, “one night, while she (Munro) was away, her husband, my stepfather, Gerald Fremlin, climbed into the bed where I was sleeping and sexually assaulted me.”

She wrote that when she was alone with Fremlin — who died in 2013 — he “exposed himself during car rides, told me about the little girls in the neighborhood he liked, and described my mother’s sexual needs.”

Ms. Skinner mentioned that, when she was 25, she shared all the pieces that had occurred with Munro — however the acclaimed writer determined to stick with Fremlin, whom she wed within the Seventies after her first marriage ended.

“She reacted exactly as I had feared she would, as if she had learned of an infidelity,” Ms. Skinner wrote of Munro.

“We all went back to acting as if nothing had happened. It was what we did,” she added.

At 38, Ms. Skinner mentioned she took her allegations to the police after Munro complimented her husband in a New York Times interview. Fremlin pleaded responsible in 2005 to indecent assault.

“What I wanted was some record of the truth, some public proof that I hadn’t deserved what had happened to me,” Ms. Skinner wrote.

“I also wanted this story, my story, to become part of the stories people tell about my mother,” she added.

Munro, who gained the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013, died at 92 in May. Her demise prompted glowing tributes, together with from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Victoria-based Munro’s Books, based by the writer, mentioned in an announcement it “unequivocally supports” Ms. Skinner in sharing her story of sexual abuse as a toddler.

“Along with so many readers and writers, we will need time to absorb this news and the impact it may have on the legacy of Alice Munro, whose work and ties to the store we have previously celebrated,” it wrote, including the store had been independently owned since 2014.

A separate assertion from the Munro household, additionally revealed on the Munro’s Books web site, praised the store’s house owners for being “part of our family’s healing.”

“We wholly support the owners and staff of Munro’s Books as they chart a new future, and respectfully request that they not be asked or expected to answer questions about the Munro family,” it added.

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