The year Raquel Montes turned 8, her life took a turn for the worse. Her mother died, and it wasn't long afterward that her father, an alcoholic, remarried. Their home had always been a violent one, but after her father married again, the abuse intensified.
Life for Raquel became unbearable. She was 12 the first time she ran away from home, and the occasion marked her first encounter with the Ventura County juvenile justice system. She was arrested and returned to her father. Two y...
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