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I Am a Child Abuse Survivor

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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 hair and made me believe I was worthless. For most of my childhood, I didn't realize I was being abused. I guess I just...
    AyselMoonbaby AyselMoonbaby 31-35, F 103 Responses Mar 18, 2011

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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 used it.My mom worked every night-well, five days a week, and...yeah.So my experience is that the worst thing that can...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 26 Responses Jun 27, 2011

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    Because I work with abused children on a

    regular basis I know that my story is neither unique or uncommon. Man's inhumanity to man shouldn't really surprise me, yet somehow it always does. I know that I am but a thought and act away from such evil myself, and that truly frightens me. Every abused person has a choice...
    brokenat5 brokenat5 61-65, M 2 Responses Oct 30

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    My cousin molested me

    since i was to young to remember. I started to realize it was wrong around the ages of 7-8. He slept over all the time practically lived with me. I started to tie my pajamas really tight or wear jeans to bed but he would always get them off. One night i stayed up till the...
    Prettygurl234 Prettygurl234 16-17, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'll tell everybody I am 27 I never had friends

    not even a girlfriend the word rejection is huge and the pain is horrible been depressed for a long time already since I was 12 not very funny not even loneliness I think the only ones who may care about me is my grandma because my parents are not very friendly either I remember...
    forsa85 forsa85 26-30, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Dad Over The Years

    for most of my life i lived with my dad and im 13 now he was an abusive alcoholic and didnt care about anyone. i think he saw me as an a excuse most of the time. when ever he came back drunk i was always in the firing line. it seemed like everything i did was wrong. and i was hit...
    misaka12 misaka12 13-15, F 15 Responses Sep 26, 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 struggled to find some peace and closure in my life. I have no way to tell you the things that need to be said except to tell you in a...
    Spyderflyer Spyderflyer 61-65 4 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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    Both my parents were physically abusive,

    they'd find any reason to hit me with just about anything, dad loved using the strap though but at least with him he got it over and done with, my mom would 'spank' for the longest time, i'd end up with welts and bruises but they always said 'that's how you learn!' After a...
    jessefb80 jessefb80 31-35, M 4 Responses Sep 25

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    As a child abuse survivor,

    I am completely conscious of how I discipline my son. As a little one, all I had to do was put him in time out. Now that he is twelve, things do not always work out the way that I want them to. This week after repeated warnings to take his school work more seriously, I was put...
    sweetandspicy1 sweetandspicy1 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 30

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    I never really saw it

    as abuse. In fact I thought it was normal. I thought getting the **** beat out of you until you had trouble walking and being constantly belittled and mentally tormented all the time was normal. I really did. It was all I knew. But after I got a therapist he said it was...
    chaoshead chaoshead 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    Were you satisfied when you laid your hands on

    me? Did it make you happy when I begged for you to stop? I will never understand what made you do what you did. Were we not happy once? Back when mom was still around, you said we were girls but now I am nothing to you. I remember that night, the first night it happened. The...
    SamieLovesYa SamieLovesYa 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 17

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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 so hard. I have days when i just want to end it all but somehow just keep on going.
    alexed65 alexed65 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 7

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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 happened. I had the same nightmare night after night. When I finally told someone, I felt so embarrassed. I still do to this day. I couldn't change...
    gr8love gr8love 31-35, F 19 Responses Mar 9

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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 time. And some of it will go against everything you know about yourself and the people around you. But it needs to be said. 1) It...
    MisfitChris MisfitChris 41-45 3 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    What my mentally ill father will never

    understand. I see women on television being tearfully walked down the aisle by their loving fathers. The wedding speeches telling of their loving daughter, and I cringe. My father was never very fatherly, in the 20th century sort of way at least. He was cold, violent, and...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 23

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    I'm still trying to escape Opus Dei.

    It's hard work after all the propaganda. I am escaping!
    Mstroig Mstroig 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7

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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 really knows what they're doing, but some are a lot more prepared by an emotional maturity that most teens are not yet capable of...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    My parents had split up

    when I was very little. I'm not sure how old I was. Anyway, my mom had custody of me, so I lived with her and my grandmother. My mom was strict and if I didn't do things the way SHE did, she made me feel like a failure. She would pull my hair and would call me things: cow, screw...
    JasmineMonique JasmineMonique 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 4

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    How can I describe the horror

    that was my mother? To recount her evil is like reciting an encyclopedia of evil. How could I possibly include everything? No matter how much I recount there is always "oh yeah, and then there was this other thing, and this other thing, and I'm still too ashamed, too...
    Smilenbhappy Smilenbhappy 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I Am a Child Abuse Survivor MOM If you've read

    some of my earlier posts, you'll see that my step dad was an angry, vile man who ruled the house with an iron fist. He openly favoured my older sister, (to this day I question if there was more to their relationship than met the eye).....and just as openly hated (yes, hated) my...
    JesseLeeJames JesseLeeJames 46-50, M 5 Responses Nov 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 but im not quite there yet) im currently in the middle of the courtcase that i feel is going to make or break me. My father having...
    annonymous2012 annonymous2012 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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    Eva1974 Eva1974 36-40, F 5 Responses Sep 30

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    This story is my own,

    I’m not telling it to get pity but cause it helps to talk about it and I know it can help others in the same situation or who have been there…. This is not a fun story, some may find it hard some may find it hard… some can relate.. When I was born, I already had a big...
    chanjen chanjen 41-45, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I left u and thank god I did mother .

    The way u treated me and my brother I HATED AND for that I will never forgive u
    Leetia515 Leetia515 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 10

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    My Dad

    I am 40 years old, and a survivor of child abuse. Although it seems so far away now, I choose to write because I am so moved by the other stories on here. I hope that I can be of help to some of you. The pain we endured cannot be reversed, but perhaps we can do something to...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 9 Responses Jun 19, 2013

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    I am completely shattered!

    I am damaged, in all senses. My stepfather is to blame for all my troubles. That man thinks he can just walk in and cause us grief and later on stiffs me of happiness? He had hit me, booted me, and smacked me. I am traumatized and haunted. The less contact I make with him, the...
    Profweird Profweird 18-21, M a week ago

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    Abuse Comes In Many Forms and Degrees

      When I was a teenager, my mom kicked my step dad out when I told her he'd been sexually abusing my sister and me. There were tears and hugs that one night and then everything was expected to go on as normal. My mom acted like she didn't want to put us through a...
    sufirehorse66 sufirehorse66 46-50, F 32 Responses Aug 27, 2009

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    When I was ten and in the fifth grade,

    an obese boy in my class asked me to be his girlfriend. When I declined, he made up a lie about me, saying that I had *********** with a hot dog and it broke off inside me, causing me to go to the hospital to have it removed. This was a story that was shared with us by another...
    notyourfuckdoll notyourfuckdoll 31-35, F 10 Responses Sep 8

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    Starving all the time was nothing new to me

    growing up. Other kids in school were the same way. My late father, used the money (Child tax benefit) to gamble, drink and feed himself the 'good' food. We had water soup with some vegetables in it cuz he took the meatier stuff out for himself. I was the cook cuz my father...
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    The Nightmare Has Ended

    I have lived the last 20 years of my life either being abused by you or abusing myself with alcohol and other addictions in an attempt to escape the memories of your torment. During the decade of abuse I always hoped that you would “accidently” kill me. I had hoped you would...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 7 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I remember being 6 years old

    and my older siblings had left home. My mother had jus had the youngest in our family. The twins were almost 3. My mother was a very sick alcoholic. Our father was the worst pervert I have ever met in real life. They started me on drugs and alcohol at this early age. After about...
    squirllykid squirllykid 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 4

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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 all this until I made real friends in 5th grade. I didn't understand. My friends don't understand how I could get...
    atraptbird atraptbird 16-17, F 33 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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    It bothers me to this day.

    i am 37 years old. it affects everything i do. I have not told anyone about this ever. My earliest memory of my life is blotchy and black out mostly i barley remember what happen just nightmares and flashback . my father died when i was a a baby. my mother turned out to be a...
    jeramiah76 jeramiah76 36-40, M 4 Responses Oct 2

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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 people who take tons of therapy to learn these things about their lives. i had to teach myself through small baby steps how to do...
    foldedunfolding foldedunfolding 31-35, F 14 Responses Jun 1, 2012

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    My Parents Almost Ruined Me

    My siblings and I were physically, emotionally and sexually abused as children. We grew up in a super-religious, conservative, Bible-thumping family. On the outside, we looked like a family from Leave It To Beaver, but inside it was a dark scary dictatorship where kids weren't...
    gruuvygirl gruuvygirl 41-45, F 12 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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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 lunch then do groceries. She'd be gone for hours. I can remember begging to go with her and she'd always say "No", my...
    SparkofHope SparkofHope 46-50, F 20 Responses Sep 26, 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 suffer from what I wrote. Today I feel strong. Usually I use those days to be merry and happy, but today I...
    Idonwannadie Idonwannadie 46-50, M 14 Responses Sep 27, 2012

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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 is a story of how abuse and neglect nearly ruined me, but hasn't. I am two short years away from being thirty years old, and it's only through writing on...
    littledharmabum littledharmabum 26-30, F 23 Responses Mar 30, 2008

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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 and memories are always preserved with a flawless method because since I cannot forget, keeping all the drawers in my mind clean allows me to put...
    sweetmeisje sweetmeisje 26-30, F 34 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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    I just wanna forget. I know it wasn't my fault.

    ..Sometimes the flash backs make me cry. Sometimes angry. My father is dead to me.
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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 themselves to be locked up. They are true sociopaths, and they reproduce torturing the most innocent. They are ugly with their...
    venusdi venusdi 70+, F 16 Responses Feb 3

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    I am 34, yet I still crave a father.

    My own father was cold, violent, and at times, delusional. My mother who by all appearances was a warm and loving mother, in private withheld that love by placing heavy conditions on it. It wasn't until I was 16 that my father's delusions forced my mother to leave. She valued...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 10 Responses Sep 30

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    I was 11 years old, my mom was working,

    my stepdad was drinking his usual beer. I was in my room trying to stay out of his way I didn't want another beating from his belt. It wasn't long before I heard him calling my name. I went downstairs and he told me to bring him another beer. When I handed him the beer he...
    sarah95w sarah95w 18-21, F 21 Responses Apr 22

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    When I was barely a year old my dad used to

    throw and kick me around like I was nothing. Every time I started to cry he would put his hand over my face literally suffocating me.. But him beating me started at the age of 5 all the way to age 14. He'd drown me, leave me out in the heat for hours without anything to drink...
    zvkk zvkk 16-17, M 4 Responses Oct 2

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    I have friends who have known me

    for 25 years who don't know the pain I feel. On the outside, I am someone who is always in control. I don't cry, I'm not easily upset. I work in a high stress, highly visible job, which works well with my ability to put away my feelings and work towards a goal. As a child I...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 1

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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 who have talked about their experience. I think it's important to share, not for the purpose of reliving the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 33 Responses Apr 30, 2011

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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 a lot of things... I'm thinking about the new direction I want to take in life I have decided to close this first chapter...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 23 Responses Oct 14, 2011

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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 father who could provide for us and that complaining was very ungrateful towards my parents and towards God's...
    deleted deleted 26-30 27 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 whole You took that a away, all of it you stole And now I am here, shattered and confused How someone so little could take...
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    It shouldn't hurt to be a child.

    No child should feel like they are alone in the world, and nothing that they can do is right, but so many do, and the ones who do, feel like they have no one to turn to, because the ones who are suppose to love them, and protect them from harm, are the ones who are hurting them...
    SouthernBella89 SouthernBella89 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 16

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    I had a major flashback to childhood today.

    I finally decided to tell someone that my boyfriend has been very abusive to me for the past two years. I sat down next to my mom and admitted to her that he was the reason I ended up on the floor with fractured ribs. She reacted immediately by telling me that I must have done...
    SkullRoseInsignia SkullRoseInsignia 16-17, T 4 Responses Nov 1

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