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He’d had sex with me—that much I knew. Another flashback to those classroom lessons—pregnancy, disease. Oh dear God, what had happened? Had I been raped? Was it my fault? Had I led him on? Was that what sex was always like? So painful, so quick? So violent? Thoughts raced through my mind as I felt him roll from the bed and then, with his bare back to me, I saw him look down at himself, before he reached for a towel on a chair Then Mikael turned and grinned at me. But there was no warmth in his eyes.

I didn’t think anything of it when he put on some music in the lounge room and started jiving around while I was in the kitchen making the soup. Later, after we had finished eating, he suggested we watch a bit of TV. The TV was upstairs in his bedroom. I told him I could only stay for a short time because his aunt would be back from the wedding soon. ‘Oh, they won’t be back until midnight,’ he laughed. ’ I followed him up the stairs. THREE There was only one place to sit—or lie, as it turned out—and that was his single bed.

In Kurdish society I was to learn, it was the woman who would be seen to have done wrong by leading him on. Sex before marriage was haram (totally forbidden) and it was always the woman who was the sinner. Why hadn’t my parents explained such things to me and my brother as we grew up in Sydney? My mother, certainly, was very much a part of the burgeoning Kurdish community in Australia to the point of being fanatical about her roots and helping everyone whether they were new arrivals or if there was a need of financial help for some family in far away Kurdistan.

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