This Woman Created 2,500 Personalities to Survive

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This Woman Created 2,500 Personalities to Survive

 

Jeni Haynes was only four years old when his father, Richard Haynes, started abusing her. In their house at Bexleyheath, London, she suffered from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse every day. According to Haynes, his father’s abuses were calculated and planned. "He heard me beg him to stop, he heard me cry, he saw the pain and terror he was inflicting upon me, he saw the blood and the physical damage he caused. And the next day he chose to do it all again,” she said.

 

Young Jeni Haynes / Photo Credit: Jeni Haynes (via BBC)

 

To cope with the abuse she has been suffering, Haynes generate 2,500 distinct personalities to survive. Throughout the years, her mind was creating new identities to help her detach from reality. BBC, a British public service broadcaster, reported that she was able to confront her father in a landmark trial in March. In the trial, Haynes shared her story and presented evidence against him through her personalities. It was believed that this is the first time in Australia where a victim, who was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), has testified in their other personalities and secured a conviction.

 

Photo Credit: Jeni Haynes (via BBC)

 

In her court statement, Haynes narrated how his father brainwashed her. He threatened to kill her family, restricted her from joining social activities at school, denied medical care for her injuries from beatings and sexual abuse, and many more. All of these led to serious lifelong conditions. For instance, Haynes, now aged 59, has irreparable damage to her eyesight, jaw, bowel, anus, and coccyx.

Although the abuse stopped when Haynes was 11 because her parents got divorced, trauma didn’t leave her. She used DID as a survival strategy. Dr. Pam Stavropoulos, a childhood trauma expert, stated that Haynes’ condition is heavily linked to experiences of extreme abuse in what is supposed to be a safe environment. "It serves as a very sophisticated coping strategy that is widely regarded as extreme. But you have to remember, it's the response to extreme abuse and trauma the child has undergone,” she said.

 

Photo Credit: Jeni Haynes (via BBC)

 

Last September 6, Richard, now 74, was sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Sydney court.

 

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