January 25, 2017
When Lauren was eight years old, she was rescued from a filthy, urine-soaked 4’x9’ bedroom closet where her mother and stepfather had held her for six years, separate from her five siblings.
Following their arrest, Barbara and Kenneth Atkinson were convicted and sentenced to life in prison on multiple felony counts for severely abusing the little girl.
Lauren was subsequently adopted and began the long recovery from the physical damage she had suffered at the hands of the Atkinsons. But her psychological trauma wasn’t over.
TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY:At your final breaking point?
“I can’t listen to country music because that’s all they ever played to drown out my screaming. When I hear it, it just all comes back,” says Lauren in part one of an exclusive two-part Dr. Phil airing this week.
She says it was two years following her release when she began having flashbacks about being sexually brutalized, punched and burned. She says those flashbacks continue to this day, “I hardly sleep; I have night terrors, nightmares, flashbacks. Every day I relive my past. It doesn’t ever end.”