My Brother Beat Me Up
I still have a scar on my ear from when my brother (age 16 at the time) punched it hard. He was wearing a chunky ring, which made the pain much worse, and my ear went deaf and numb, making me dizzy.
I was 9 and it was school summer holidays. I remember my mum being happy about that.
"They won't find out about it. Your ear will heal before you go back", she said.
You see, she had ordered him to 'keep me under control', but said this had gone too far (there were signs of the physical abuse which didn't suit her secrecy plans). She threw him out. For years I felt guilty, that I had 'made him hit me'. She'd said I made him do it, that I had 'played them up'. I blamed myself till I realised it was just abuse making me feel this way.
Years later I apologised to him. he said, "Don't be silly I am sorry for hitting you." The odd thing is, I only noticed the scar 2 years ago. I had let the shock block out the memory.