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I Am a Child Abuse Survivor

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    If by 'survivor' you mean that I'm alive and now an adult. It's a betrayal. The one person who is supposed to do everything but hurt you, inflicting harsh, ongoing, wanton pain...
    HumanKnownAsVictor HumanKnownAsVictor 18-21, M 8 Responses Apr 4

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    Letter To My 7 Year Old Self - Hey Kiddo… There are some things you need to know about the stuff you are going through right now. Some of this won’t make sense for a long...
    MisfitChris MisfitChris 41-45 3 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    A Few Words Of Encouragement - before i let anyone in on my abuse story, i just want to say how grateful we should all be that we even RECOGNIZE that we were abused. there are many...
    foldedunfolding foldedunfolding 26-30, F 16 Responses Jun 1, 2012

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    What is rather astonishing is the lack luster, and off centeredness of outreaches claiming to be for restoration efforts seeming to think that a pill could solve everything...
    ConstantPharmaFLACK ConstantPharmaFLACK 31-35, M Mar 15

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    Horror of horrors that I should have to remember this. Joe came up with a disgusting game "open your mouth and close your eyes and I'll give you a big surprise." I did and he spit...
    Smilenbhappy Smilenbhappy 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    When I was little age 10 my uncle always hit me and do sexual stuff but I hated how he pretend he didn't do bad stuff around me when my uncle knew he did something wrong after my...
    AllyMai AllyMai 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 8

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    I have survived sexual abuse. It is as if my life was stolen from me. And now I want it back. I am determined to have it back. I know that the past can't change, but I don't plan...
    elenix elenix 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    My Story [Updated 9/18/2013] - I was born in the summer of 1978 in the small town of Beckley, West Virginia. My parents were only about 16 at the time I was born and were not...
    jennykitten78 jennykitten78 31-35, T 28 Responses Jan 31, 2011

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    My mother is a very angry person. The memories come back. beatings over things like accidentally dropping a sock, accidentally sleeping in, spilling a glass of milk, etc. the...
    melodycoates melodycoates 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 6

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    the last time was last month. can't even call myself a survivor.
    madbutterfly madbutterfly 13-15, F 6 Responses Mar 10

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    But The Tall Policeman Didn'T Listnen - It was in May.. Still too cold for the public swimming pool to be opened..We lived in Vernayaz, a very small village, close to a town called...
    Sorrentina Sorrentina 41-45, F 54 Responses Feb 3, 2013

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    Strong - Please be aware, the story may contain triggers. Please stop reading if you feel you've had enough. I need to write and share this, but there is no need for you to...
    Idonwannadie Idonwannadie 46-50, M 16 Responses Sep 27, 2012

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    My step father beat me and my sisters and brother regularly as a parenting technique. I've held onto these horrific memories most of my life and it's affected my parenting...
    lonelyCPA lonelyCPA 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 22

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    My Parents - I have never received a hug or kiss from my parents. If I have I don't remember it. I've never gotten a birthday present or blown out candles. I didn't know kids got...
    atraptbird atraptbird 16-17, F 33 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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    I am back in my home town for the first time after I started my therapy. Right now I am missing it alot. Here I am again amongst those I hide so much from and I have no one to...
    lostinit lostinit 31-35 1 Response Apr 2

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    he turned off the lights and told me that everything's gonna be alright, how could that be?
    madbutterfly madbutterfly 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I Cant Find My Strength Anymore - Id like to start of by saying how incredible it is to read so many inspirational stories and to not feel so alone. Im a woman of 21 (I say woman...
    annonymous2012 annonymous2012 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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    My Mother Let A Man Rape Me When I Was 10 Years Old - When I was born my parents were in the process of getting a divorce. It wasnt long before my mother found someone else to take...
    17andSexXii 17andSexXii 18-21, F 35 Responses Jan 5, 2011

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    At Least I Am Not Like Them - The sick SOB that donated the ***** to create me used to like to get drunk and high. He would start by telling me how stupid, weak, and useless I was...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    Why We Keep Bringing It Up...an Essay - So…dragonofjapan said something: “Yes, you were abused, but what are you going to do about it right now?” So I was thinking about...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 55 Responses Jan 20, 2012

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    what to do?! what to do?! what to do?!
    madbutterfly madbutterfly 13-15, F Mar 10

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    My Mother Destroyed Me - When I was a child my mother abused me mentally, verbally, emotionally and physically. She used to beat me in the face and head, call me names, pull my...
    AyselMoonbaby AyselMoonbaby 31-35, F 70 Responses Mar 18, 2011

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    "What Happens In This House, Stays In This House." - That was the catchphrase growing up with my parents. As an adult, hearing something like that sends alarm bells ringing. This...
    littledharmabum littledharmabum 26-30, F 24 Responses Mar 30, 2008

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    Going through all those memories really hurts .The pain they cost made me creat a world inside my head which made me really happy .. Yes I was abused as a child ,both emotionally...
    ludee94 ludee94 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    Happy People And Me - I was abused verbally, physically, sexually.The main one being my dad, although it was my uncle who raped me first.But my dad had continued access, and he...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 27 Responses Jun 27, 2011

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    My biological father is mentally ill, and left when I was 4 years old. We moved in with my step-dad when I was 7 or 8. He was (I'm sure he still is) an angry, mean man. Everything...
    pixidust76 pixidust76 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    sleepless nights, those memories are still here, why is that? :,(
    madbutterfly madbutterfly 13-15, F 6 Responses Mar 9

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    I'm back. I see I was right that nobody would care, but that's ok. I can't blame you. Looking back over my life, I am a ****** up person. From being told I don't have a soul, to...
    Yearsgoby Yearsgoby 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Young m willing to do anything to help his family. Have anything to ask www.gofundme.com/7b4p5c
    Boredathomeboy Boredathomeboy 16-17, M Mar 9

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    The nightmares and shakes are back. I have no idea why this time. They started two weeks ago and I can't get them to stop. It scares me how quickly and without warning those...
    ScarredScared ScarredScared 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have carried the guilt and pain with me for over 30 years never telling anyone what had happened. Its only now i find the strength to talk about the abuse. Why does it have to be...
    alexed65 alexed65 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 7

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    Here's A Thought... - Just think about it, if you disagree, please tell me why I'm wrong. I won't clobber you over it, ok? ( I reserve the right to be wrong, I *don't* have to be...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 12 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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    There Really Are Monsters - Hi Dad... You are dead...and there is no way that I can tell you to your face what I have kept inside for so many years. Since your death I have...
    Spyderflyer Spyderflyer 61-65 4 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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    I have deep hatred for the MAN abused me sexually when I was just a little kid. I was only 4-5 years old when this guy, this so called relatives sexually abused me. I din't know...
    nobodyn234 nobodyn234 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 25

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    This Is My Story... - It's something I have always put away something that I have tried to forget something I don't normally talk about. But lately I'm thinking a lot I think about...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 23 Responses Oct 14, 2011

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    I have PTSD because of it (well one of the reasons...). My father is the one who abused me and my family. He would beat my mom and sister. But he saved the worst for me. He would...
    dacraww dacraww 22-25, M 6 Responses Mar 16

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    I'm not sure if you could really categorise me under 'child'...I was 14 when it began, 17 when it ended. My mum started seeing this guy who she had met on a dating website (yeah...
    Elle0611 Elle0611 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 10

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    My Childhood - Violence was very commonplace at home. I would often ask my mother whether it was normal to be beaten up by my father. She would reply that I was lucky to have a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 29 Responses Jun 10, 2013

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    Dear Daddy, I loved you so I hope you know I looked up to you even though You took my grace, you took my faith You made me weak and such a disgrace Just a baby, innocent, and...
    22shadesofme 22shadesofme 22-25, F 21 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Ofelia, Or How Another Book Saved My Life. - I like keeping certain things in order. My room, desk, and papers may look like a complete mess to an untrained eye, but my thoughts...
    sweetmeisje sweetmeisje 26-30, F 35 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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    Ode to My mother Calmly committing evil, impervious to the screams of her victim Methodical, business like, as though this is a task that must be completed At times smiling...
    Smilenbhappy Smilenbhappy 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    Socks. Soft, fuzzy, thick, warm. I hate the cold. I know what it is to have blue feet. Aching, throbbing, pain as they thaw; tears running down my face. I detest being cold. I...
    Smilenbhappy Smilenbhappy 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    A Father's Love - It was late, I was laying in bed playing with my stuffed animals because I couldn't sleep. I heard the garage door open and close and someone come into the house...
    Aydasha5 Aydasha5 18-21, F 37 Responses May 23, 2010

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    Thoughts On Forgiveness - This is mainly copied from a response I made to someone on a group about forgiving your abusers. Forgiveness is a route that many survivors choose to take...
    TruthSpeaks71 TruthSpeaks71 41-45 8 Responses Aug 30, 2012

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    I hate being referred to as a victim. I am a survivor of child abuse. I am the 4th of 7 children. Only 5 of us resided in the home as I was growing up which made me the second...
    dorisreject dorisreject 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 14

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    We would like to believe as a society that we build prisons for the evil that are in this world. The reality is the most evil are often the ones that are too clever to allow...
    venusdi venusdi 70+, F 13 Responses Feb 3

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    I had this as physically abused. But honestly i was physically,emotionally, and mentally abused. I'm a child abuse survivor ------ Something i admit ruined my life. Only two...
    LolaBones LolaBones 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 12

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    I Am Striving To Thrive - For now, I am a survivor. My parents were teenage hippies and I do believe they wanted me, but had no idea what they were doing. Not that any parent...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Time To Share - I haven't really talked a whole lot about my past here, but recently, I think I have felt inspired to do so because of the strength of other friends in my circle...
    deleted deleted 26-30 34 Responses Apr 30, 2011

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    Can kids or adult survivors of child abuse sue thier parents? The answer is complicated. The short answer is no. http://whatprivilege.com/abused-kids-cant-really-sue-their...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My Father And I - It was Saturday, I hated Saturdays! My mother being a motor welder/winder used to love Saturdays. She would dress up from head to toe to meet her friends for...
    SparkofHope SparkofHope 46-50, F 21 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    I was sexually abused by two brothers over a four year period. It started when i was 8. Thought it was my fault, still kinda do. I mean, if I hadn't been born, it wouldn't of...
    gr8love gr8love 31-35, F 21 Responses Mar 9