This child abuse story from Edna page was
created June 21, 2007 and was originally posted on June 12, 2007 as story #145.
Edna is from Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
The following child abuse story from Edna
depicts: physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse
The child abuse effects on Edna: feelings of being invisible and unnoticed, belief that she is being singled out
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When I was about six or seven, when I did
something a bit bad, my dad would whip me with a belt. My two sisters (one
elder and the other younger) would watch silently, and said and did NOTHING
about it. They were never hit by my dad before, nor after.
My dad does not belt me now, but I can
remember how horrible I felt when he did. Now, if I am bad, he slaps me, which
he never does to my sisters. If I fight with one of my sisters, he does not
scold my sister. Sometimes, but often, he yells at me.
When I was about nine, my little sis and I had
a tiny argument. My mom left her alone, but she pushed me against the wall and
yelled at me. There are many incidents when she hurts my feelings. Once, one of
our housemates scolded me for no reason, and when I defended myself she yelled
back and even tried to ignore me. It got worse when she began hitting me.
When I was ten, when we were at our bedroom,
another housemate asked to take a picture on her cellphone of my bare breast. Soon
she took pictures my butt and of me nude. I never told anyone.
When I was eleven, my grandma said something
bad about my skin color. I felt bad. My mom told her not to bother me because
I'm not normal. This wasn't the first time my mom insulted me, but every time
she does that, I feel hurt. Most of the time I feel invisible and unnoticed.
There are more abusive incidences I've encountered. The saddest thing is, I was the only victim in our house. My sisters weren't.
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Child abuse story from Edna was re-formatted June 1, 2015
From Victim to Victory
How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life