Blake’s younger sister, Lauren, was held captive in a closet by their mother and stepfather for six years.

Blake says she was "brainwashed" by her parents into believing that Lauren deserved to be in the closet. She says she and her siblings referred to Lauren as “that girl,” “it,” and “the problem.” Blake says she tried to help Lauren by sneaking her food. Blake also says she’s carried guilt for not rescuing her little sister.

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