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    4. Escape

    As we saw with DMX’s riveting autobiography, this type of intense abuse can cause a child to withdraw into a fantasy world. Steffans read a lot—usually mysteries from the likes of Agatha Christie, who would take her to another world. She could run back to her room between meals and chores and forget where she was, forget that her family hated her. She also read a lot of poetry, including Edgar Allan Poe and Maya Angelou. When she ran away from home at age 16, one of the only things she packed was a treasured Wu-Tang Clan tape, which served as the soundtrack to her first “voluntary freedom.” She ended up stripping using a fake ID and going under the name Yizette Santiago. Her path towards becoming a Video Vixen had begun.