Thank you for that eloquent explanation and very useful feedback. Your point is very clear.
The story of abuse is sadly common, and, because of that, readers tend to glaze over or turn the page. In order for yet another story of abuse to make an impact, it has to be somehow different from all the others.
Your idea about finding an “atypical” victim is intriguing. I’ll surely keep it in mind if I ever rework this piece. This is one that was bursting to get out of me when I first started writing a few years ago. I’m not sure if I’ll take it farther or not. But, if I decide to, I sure have some good feedback from everyone to make it a better piece!