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I Am a Child Abuse Survivor

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    For a long time i used 2 blame myself

    for the physical, mental & sexual abuse that was inflicted on me, blamed myself because i used to beg to God and beg in my head please make him come to me and not my wee sister or brother or my mother.
    Pennycaca Pennycaca 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 1

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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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    I am not a child anymore

    but I still put up with abuse. I have no family nor friends as far as I am concerned. Not on this earth anyway. Junior high school and high school was hell, too. Like I had a mark on me saying, Pick on me! Then the last part of college was horrible, too. I can't believe it...
    creativegal82 creativegal82 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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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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    To me, my parents were just *****

    and egg donors . They have some kind of love towards us in them, and they are good people now i think, but that doesn't matter to me anymore. I've established boundaries and don't intend to ever see them again. If I'm out of state, I likely might not even attend their funerals...
    Ajushi Ajushi 41-45, M 3 Responses Jan 6

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    I have so many abuses being child,

    I don't know what to say..
    xRohit xRohit 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 16

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    I have shared the details of my nightmarish

    childhood in a previous post. But as I was looking over my profile page and saw this group I had to be thankful that while I was abused mentally, physically, and neglected I also am the cycle breaker in this tragic family trait. My mother was abused by my grandfather and she...
    LadyHawke68 LadyHawke68 46-50, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Was i abused? Thats the question,

    i did something with mom
    howard1945 howard1945 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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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 3 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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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 34 Responses Jun 28, 2009

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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 19 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    howard1945 howard1945 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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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 45 Responses Jan 5, 2011

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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 16 Responses Jun 1, 2012

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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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    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, 2014

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    My brother from so long ago physically sexually

    verbally abused me I was a frightened little girl who was always hiding n running away but was always found Very very violent n strong I tried to stop him but felt paralysed back then I wanted to shout stop but the words wouldn't come out n I had no realisation to tell...
    LATEENO79 LATEENO79 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 29

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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 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I was abused from the time

    that I was 4 until 21 years old. I was sexually abused when I was 4 years old. When I tried to tell my mom, she threatened to beat me. Then I was physically, sexually, verbally and mentally abused constantly until I left for college. My parents were also in a religious cult for...
    KateMorrow92 KateMorrow92 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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    It's funny how kids/teens these day say they

    were abused mentally/physically/emotionally over little things that are meaningless like a spank or their dad being an alcoholic, or them not getting enough hugs as a kid. It's pathetic. They just want attention and end up posting about in on Facebook or Cutting themselves. I'm...
    MrHypothetical MrHypothetical 18-21, M 6 Responses Jan 9

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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 33 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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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 8 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    It started as far back

    as I can remember. My dad first, touching me where I shouldn't be touched. Then my brother raping me when I was 9. It went on for many years, but when I turned 12, the unthinkable happened. My "friend" took me to a party in my neighborhood. But it wasn't a party. I met a 30 year...
    darebearsworld darebearsworld 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    this is the 1st time I am mentioning this

    after 37 years. I remember my brother telling me that I can't tell anyone as he will get in trouble because people won't understand. that moment burnt it self into my mind forever.
    tony71tony tony71tony 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 6

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    I grew up forced into this mindset

    that everything was war and I was a warrior. The weak perish. I've grown stronger but wearer. I am not a warrior; I am not a soldier; I am human though and vulnerability is something to guard, not hide.
    bakeittwice bakeittwice 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 15, 2014

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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 6 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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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 54 Responses Jan 20, 2012

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    I've known for a long time

    that I was emotionally abused by my mom and dad. Separately. Recently though I've started having memories slowly leak in that tell me that I was sexually abused as well. I was always glad that I could talk about the emotional abuse to my support people, but I feel like I can't...
    chococat159 chococat159 18-21 2 Responses Feb 14

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    I've realized something.

    Something horrible. It makes me want to cry, puke and scream. I don't know how I didn't see it before. I remembered something last night and it's importance has only surfaced now. The abuse wasn't started by my mother. It was my father. He started it all. He was an alcoholic...
    Cranksta Cranksta 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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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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    I hope you get want you want on Christmas.

    We both know you never wanted a daughter. You never wanted me. You dreamt and talked about the day that you would never have to see my face again. You looked so happy when you told me about how nice it would be to have never had me. You abused me day in and day out to prove...
    Cranksta Cranksta 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    THE TALL POLICEMAN DIDNT LISTEN: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 Martigny, where the public pool was...I was with my friend Sandra who was 7 or 8 like me. It was after lunch, we were walking my dog near an electricity...
    Sorrentina Sorrentina 41-45, F 12 Responses Jul 6, 2014

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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, 2014

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    People Post TheBratPrincess3439 Me Share on Facebook Share on Google+ I Am a Child Abuse Survivor The Devil Died On Easter There once was a woman born in the 1930's. Said to be blessed for she was born on Christmas eve. This girl was brought up in wealth, and married in her mid...
    Phoenix3439 Phoenix3439 18-21, F Feb 12

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    I was sexually abused

    as a BABY I was burned with cigarettes as a 2 year old. I still have the scars on my chest. My biological mother tried to drown me in the toilet. I've suffered broken bones Then they threw me out like GARBAGE!!!! And here I am TODAY
    AwesomeAlert AwesomeAlert 46-50, M 15 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    Many do not understand regression.

    Oh, they know the definition, but when a child or adult regresses a desire to understand the root cause is usually overcome by discomfort and a need to change the behavior. Children and adults that have been diagnosed with paraphilic infantilism, or who suffer from it but have...
    brokenat5 brokenat5 61-65, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have a story like all of you been through the

    therapy of remembering more than I ever wanted too. but I found ways to cope then survive now i'm trying to thrive. my coping was writing poetry I would express my anger and rage that I had trouble admitting too in poems. it was freeing. to survive I also found a way to take...
    hopeful72 hopeful72 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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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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    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.  Then he would whip himself into a real anger and start swinging.  He would literally pound my head into the wall.  I...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40, T 2 Responses Nov 14, 2012

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    I’m not sure when the latter state of mind

    ended and the former started. It’s like the event horizon of a black hole The outcome is obvious but it’s conception is hidden in plain sight. Ignored symptoms manifest themselves as an inability to progress forward. At this point, the only option is to cease functioning...
    Bonocular Bonocular 56-60, M Jan 31

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    It's been ten years today

    since she made sure with her abuse that I would forever live in pain, that I would never be normal and carefree no matter how far I ran and moved on. I realised this yesterday but my body has been trying to tell me for weeks. All the old injuries have been playing up, the...
    ScarredScared ScarredScared 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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    I grew up being beaten,

    molested and unwanted. Usually family and strangers alike only kept me around as long as I served a purpose but not one second longer than they had to. I feel dirty all the time. I'm unloved and unloveable. How do I know? I have severe depression. When people look at me they...
    bearblueh bearblueh 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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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    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 105 Responses Mar 18, 2011

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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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    Since I was a young tyke,

    my father and mother have been fighting because of marriage issues. My father used to be a drunk who would hit her when she talk back to her. I remember running to her, as to protect her from my father, as he would bang on the door yelling obscene speeches of hatred and rage...
    Marik13 Marik13 13-15, M 3 Responses