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I Am a Child Abuse Survivor

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    I ran into an old friend I grew up with.

    We weren't really that close but were from the same neighborhood. Been at least ten years. We met at Starbucks, since both of us are clean at the moment. We talked about our lives. Family, wives, work, etc. We both stopped the history tour as soon as childhood came up. He was...
    Airmech Airmech 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 19

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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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    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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    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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    Basically, recently, there has been a lot of

    interest in child abuse victims in my area. Outside my family, no-one knows about what my step-father did to me. I mean, the whole thing ****** me up, and I'm not going to go into detail in this post, although I may later, I am debating whether to tell my local authorities about...
    gigglesounds gigglesounds 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 26

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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 15 Responses Feb 3

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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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    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 23 Responses Mar 9

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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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    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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    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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    This is my first time posting,

    I wasn't really sure about doing this but I feel like I need to. The first 5 years if my life I lived with my grandparents and my mom. My bio dad was an abusive man to mom and would pinch until I cried as a baby. My mom left him and that's when we moved in with my grandparents...
    swan88 swan88 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 14

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    I tried to go to a church group once,

    to talk about what happened. I hadn't talked about it since I was a child. I sat and listened to others but said nothing. It was like I was paralyzed or trapped inside myself. I honestly think I was the only one that did not speak. All I wanted to do was flee from that...
    SleeplessNites SleeplessNites 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 3

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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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    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...
    Divergent89 Divergent89 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 31

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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 perfect, and neither do you. ) Our abusers were weak. Weak people. They wanted to project that weakness outward, so they...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 11 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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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 my fathers place. The knew man named Paul was in my mothers life for about 13 years total before they finally broke up. Paul had more than one girlfriend...
    17andSexXii 17andSexXii 18-21, F 43 Responses Jan 5, 2011

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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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    When ever I took a shower in my home

    after my step mother would hit me and I would soil myself; she would come into the bathroom and spray me with disinfectant spray and mock me. She would tell me that I stink and just make me feel worse about soiling myself. This caused me to dread taking a shower at home. I...
    halfdead25 halfdead25 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 25

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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 17 Responses Jun 1, 2012

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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 don't know if me and my siblings are being

    abused but it seems like we might be i never thought about it before because we are homeschooled and this is my first phone and i got this app because i thought it would be fun and people started messaging me saying my parents were abusive and the things I posted about what they...
    valbunny valbunny 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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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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    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 21 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    I'm going to do this,

    ok. And I'm NOT going to cry, no. When I was 7 my father left us. I am a child of 7, the youngest, and the only girl. It was tough on most of us when my father left, but I would like to say me, especially, because I was so attached to him. I guess I do owe him a lot because he...
    gigglesounds gigglesounds 13-15, F 7 Responses Aug 26

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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 96 Responses Mar 18, 2011

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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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    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 that. What a lot of abuse survivors do…appears like wallowing. In some cases, it may actually be wallowing…but for most of us… What...
    hylierandom hylierandom 41-45 55 Responses Jan 20, 2012

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    So here is my story all my life I seeked

    attention I wanted to be the cemter of attention : talking loud .acting dramaticly .fighting with teacher to make them noticing me born in a family that d perfect outside but inside I sugered from verbal and physical abuse been beaten seing my parents always fighting that becom...
    aryela aryela 18-21, F Jul 10

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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 18 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    I had a flashback today.

    It took me a little bit to recover. I was walking in the park with my husband when it happened and he wanted to know what was wrong. I had stopped walking, ducked my head and covered my eyes. At first I didn't want to tell but he was persistent so I told him, "I'm having a...
    Smilenbhappy Smilenbhappy 46-50, F Jul 20

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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...
    gwisforlovers gwisforlovers 31-35, F 8 Responses Sep 8

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    I wish she instead asked,

    " Are a Child Abuse Survivor". It is a Statement. How she made it a choice for all. I was never ABUSED as a Child. My Abuse began when I was 35.
    paradisequeen paradisequeen 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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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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    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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    My mom and my twin sister were all I had

    growing up. No family at all to visit, that is because they all HATED my moms husband. I never told people he was my step dad. He made all the money in the house and he made sure to let everybody know and made everybody feel like he was some sort of "god" or something. My...
    Jml2013 Jml2013 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 1

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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 really prepared to take care of a child at that time. My father had his dad and step-mother watch me for a while until I was about three...
    jennykitten78 jennykitten78 36-40, T 28 Responses Jan 31, 2011

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    The more I think about it now.

    The more it seems so hurtful. Yet it is not happening now... its more of a bickering stage. with a bit of nail scars. yes its all from her. Out of 5 Siblings. I was the ONE. I don't Understand why it has happened. I can only wonder why someone would do this to me. I can proudly...
    PrettyRabbit PrettyRabbit 22-25 3 Responses Jun 13

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    8065 members in this group.

    And i thought i was unique.
    discovery5 discovery5 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 24

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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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    As I live in the midst of chaos.

    I understand that I must stay composed. I must not allow the sheer amount of idiots, and fools-THESE THINGS WHO CLAIM THEMSELVES TO BE INTELLIGENT HUMAN BEINGS! -I weep in shame, to be compared with such ABOMINATIONS of nature. I sit here silently, HATING myself. Asking my inner...
    adamfducas adamfducas 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 4

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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 grew up being abused by my father he was

    always drunk pull me out of bed out of a dead sleep because I gave my Mom a rough way to go he would beat me with a belt or board on my bare butt. After my parents divorced and my Mom got with a another man he use to beat my rear with a belt as well, needless to say she did not...
    Summerraine1 Summerraine1 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    My abuse was that of neglect

    and emotional abuse. There was some physical abuse but not enough to be scared from it. I was bullied all through school. I was even bullied in my neighborhood.
    lonesojourner lonesojourner 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 1

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    Before I start my story I want it to be known I

    am a strong and capable woman, mother and everything else I am supposed to be. It took me a long time to be able to say that. From the time I was four years old until the time I was 17 and ran away I was abused physically, emotionally and sexually. My mother was my biggest...
    cmdaniels74 cmdaniels74 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    Can someone who have been abused

    as a child message me so I can ask a couple of questions please it's urgent
    georgii50555 georgii50555 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 18

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    Anyone know the cure

    for loneliness?
    itsawish itsawish 22-25, F 9 Responses Aug 5

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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 3 Responses Aug 4

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    HOW TO HEAL YOUR BRAIN: 1.

    READ THESE BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BRAIN AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT. What happened is you lacked human intimacy and attachment. You were starved for love, and if you're still lacking healthy intimate attachment relationship as an adult, then you are still some...
    Ajushi Ajushi 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 5

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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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    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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    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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    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 28 Responses Jun 10, 2013

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