I am six. We are sitting on the piano bench. Daddy's wearing his undershorts. That's all. I'm wearing my white underpants. That's all. Daddy is smiling at me. We're going to make beautiful music together, Catherine Girl,' he says. t doesn't feel like we're going to make beautiful music ... Growing up in a beautiful, historic home in Brooklyn, Cathy McCall appeared to have everything a girl could want- well-to-do cosmopolitan parents, a private education, even two baby grand pianos at her fingertips. Cathy s father was a high-profile doctor, and her mother regularly hosted bridge parties. No one, not the nuns at school, the neighbours or her beloved grandmother could have guessed that there was a torture chamber in the basement of 763 Montgomery Place, or that Cathy was being raped repeatedly by her father. By the age of eighteen, Cathy didn t know either- she had repressed every memory of abuse. Twenty years later, looking after her ailing parents, Cathy's memories began to return
Married for thirty-eight years and mother to four daughters, the loving family Catherine McCall has now is very different to the one she was born into, proving that despite statistics the human spirit can prevail after abuse. A successful family therapist and vice president of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Cathy frequently offers lectures and workshops on family therapy and healing after trauma.