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December 23rd, 2004
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On March 8 of 1991 Michael responded to an anonymous advertisement published on the Usenet newsgroup alt.personals as Message-ID 20113@samsung.samsung.com. As he found out later, it had been posted by Erin Zhu. The anonymous author described herself as an 18 year old female who “prefers unconventional just about everything, including clothes and people.” At that time, Michael attended Harvard College. At the same time, Erin Zhu attended Santa Clara University and lived at home with her parents.
    Over the next three months Erin gradually confided her family troubles to Michael in frequent email exchanges and phone conversations. According to her she was two years younger than stated in her ad, only about to turn seventeen on March 31 of 1991. Erin also informed Michael that she had lived in the United States over five years, arriving from China with her mother in 1985 to join her father Min Zhu, then a graduate student at Stanford since 1983.
    Erin further informed Michael that three years after her arrival in the United States, in July of 1988, her mother went back to China for eye treatment. According to Erin, while her mother was away, her father Min Zhu came to her bedroom and raped her. Erin added that at the time of her sexual assault by Min Zhu, her brother Lei Zhu, two years her senior, remained in his bedroom next door and heard her struggle and cry out, but did nothing. At the time of this sexual assault, Erin was fourteen years old.

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    Erin further informed Michael that Min Zhu continued to rape her daily for over a month. According to her, Min Zhu ceased raping her only after Labor Day, so as not to interfere with her school studies. Erin also informed Michael that over the following three years Min Zhu continued to subject his family members to frequent brutal beatings.
    Erin additionally informed Michael that owing to these outbreaks of violence, she had run away from her family home in December of 1989. At that time Erin made a police report complaining about sexual abuse and beatings by Min Zhu. Erin further informed Michael that the police placed her in a foster home in San Mateo for two weeks following her escape from home. According to Erin, her parents then persuaded her to drop her criminal charges against Min Zhu and come back home. As an incentive for her to comply with their request, they pledged to cease their old family ways. However, Min Zhu resumed physical and verbal abuse of his family members shortly thereafter.
    Michael first met Erin in San Francisco in June of 1991. On the occasion of their meeting, Erin informed Michael that she reported her rape by Min Zhu to her school counselor in Los Altos in early 1991. Erin also informed Michael that owing to the increasingly intolerable nature of abuse visited upon them by Min Zhu, she was conspiring with her mother and her brother to kill Min Zhu and assert the battered family defense. In response, Michael counseled Erin against the use of violence, except in self-defense against clear and present danger. Michael further recommended that Erin leave her family residence as soon as possible for the sake of her safety, sanity, and survival.
    In July of 1991, Erin moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Erin reported to Michael that she had been sexually assaulted by her brother Lei Zhu on a trip to San Diego a year earlier. Erin also supplied numerous details of her abuse and intimidation by Min Zhu. Michael advised Erin to limit communication with her family and to make a new life for herself on the East Coast. Michael pledged his personal and financial support to that end.
    In the Fall of 1992, after visiting her parents in California, Erin complained to Michael about recurring outbreaks of violent abuse perpetrated against her by Min Zhu. In response, Michael once again advised Erin to curtail her relations with her parents. Erin thanked Michael for supporting her in standing up to her parents. Erin also informed Michael that Min Zhu hated him, blaming him for the alienation of her filial affection. Erin additionally informed Michael that her parents resented him as a consequence of their embarrassment by his detailed knowledge of Min Zhu’s rape of his daughter.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 7th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)

You Should Check Your Facts

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You should never believe what other people write and should check the facts. Erin has worked and continues to work closely to her father. They are a nice, regular family. Someone is really trying to get some attention here. From what I understand, the writer was trying to extort Min Zhu for money and had to come up with some kind of crazy story. Pitty.
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From:larvatus
Date:June 8th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)

check your facts by all means:

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In 1991 Erin Zhu publicized her childhood sexual abuse claims against her father Min Zhu on the Usenet. On 26 December 1991, she responded to a testimony of rape posted in the newsgroup alt.sexual.abuse.recovery by a 17 year old girl, writing:
I am 17 too, and went through similar kind of “occurrence” when I was 14, except that it was my father rather than a stranger and it lasted a lot longer.
Two days earlier, she wrote in the same newsgroup:
I managed to tell my parents after lots of deliberation that I wasn’t going to see them this Christmas, as they would not tolerate the presence of my SO, who is the only person I would feel safe with around my father (the perp). This was rather difficult as they sent me plane tickets and everything, and were calling frequently to ask when I was free to go and so on (I haven’t seen them for six months). Can’t believe how much I was shaking when I finally got around to calling my mother and telling her that (I gave a stupid excuse, but the result was what counted). I would visit some other time, but at my own choice and with whoever I want to bring with me.
She added that people hiding in the dark about to attack her, were almost always on my mind if she were alone near somewhere dark, and elaborated:
Even now I can’t stand violent/scary movies, and was a serious nervous wreck when watching a movie having to do with a girl alone in a house scared of a man breaking in. Reminded me too much of waiting in the middle of the night for my father to silently come in my room, shaking with fear every night knowing that there’s nothing I can do about it.
In 2003 and 2004 Erin Zhu testified under oath about her molestation by her father and authenticated these Usenet postings and private correspondence attesting to the same facts. In particular, on 27 December 1999 she wrote to the German pop musician Blixa Bargeld:
the summer when I was fourteen, my father suddenly changed his tune when my mother left for an extended visit to China. he took off my clothes, praised my naked form held up to a bathroom mirror, and devoured my body with his lust.
I wanted to die; I tried to kill. I did not succeed in either.
I am heartened by your testimony that “Erin has worked and continues to work closely to her father.” In view of her 1994 marketing campaign as “young and available in LA” on the Usenet newsgroup alt.sex.services, it is good to see her bringing her business back to the family.
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