This child abuse story from Kaiti page was
created January 14, 2007 and was originally posted on January 5, 2007 as story
Kaiti is from Lakota, North Dakota, USA
The following child abuse story from Kaiti
depicts emotional child abuse and physical child abuse at the hands of her
stepmother, and child neglect at the hands of her father, who did not stop the
abuse from happening in the first place because he did not believe it was
The child abuse effects on Kaiti: she once suffered injuries severe enough to cause a concussion and require stitches, she still has nightmares, and she has adopted a "hit me and I'll fight you" demeanor towards her newest stepmother. Kaiti is still a teenager.
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When I was about 3 years old, my parents got a
divorce. I was 3, I don't remember it so I don't feel like that was that big of
My dad was in the military and was re-married a
year later to a woman who was a bipolar alcoholic. Every night while my dad was
away she would yell at my sister. My sister was only about 3 years, and I now
4. But my sister did not get the worst of it. Yes, I sympathize with her still,
because she is my baby sister.
When she my step-mom got done yelling at my
sister, she would come stomping and carrying on a fit into my room, drag me out
of bed and throw me into the walls and door. She would tell me that it was my
fault that she drank and that I was the worst little kid she had ever seen.
Every morning when my dad would come home he would ask me what happened. I
would have to tell him that I fell out of bed.
One time, when I did tell my dad what really
happened, he asked her about it. Of course she denied it. My dad yelled at me
for lying. That night, I felt like I was going to die. My step-mom was doing
her typical throwing me into the walls, but she added so much more that night.
I don't remember what exactly happened. All I know is that I woke up in the
hospital with stitches in my head and a few on other parts of my body. I had a concussion.
When the doctor asked her what happened, she said she didn't know. She said
that she woke up and came to check on me and that's how I was.
All this lasted till I was 12. Finally, it
stopped because my dad got off work early one night and came to spend some time
with me and my little sister.
I'll be 16 in February, and still to this day I
will not forget what happened to me or my sister. I will not forget her face. I
still have nightmares every once and a while, to where I go to sleep in my
closet. I don't know why I still go to my closet. I guess I just feel safe
My dad now has a new girlfriend. He's out of
the military and is very happy. His girlfriend doesn't even barely yell at me
(she does sometimes, ya know how parents are), but she will never raise her
hand to me or lay a hand on me because now I am able to fight back and if this
ever happened again I know I would!
I just want kids to know that they need to tell someone if their parent/guardian abuses them. I know I would help if I knew how.
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Child abuse story from Kaiti was re-formatted June 2, 2015
From Victim to Victory
How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life