My name is Laura Cowan a widower and a single mother of 3, (one adult Son and two teen girls). After enduring four years of severe abuse, today I counsel other victims. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Conceived from an illegitimate relationship, my Father was already married and had several children. He cheated on his wife with my mother which therefore lead to me being born.
Possibly this is why even today I have a problems dealing with intimate relationships. At one time in my life I was very desperate and alone with two children when I moved into a home with a man and his family who offered to help me my children during our hard times. During that my children’s father, my husband; had been arrested and put away in jail for selling illegal firearms. What had followed was a bizarre, four-year odyssey of polygamy, torture and mental trauma. The case involving 19 victims made national headlines earning my abuser, the man who offered to help me seven consecutive life terms in prison. As outrageous as it was my story fits a typical pattern. It’s a story of fear so intense it strips victims of everything but the will to survive.