This child abuse story from Keena page was
created July and was originally posted on June 29, 2007 as story #155.
Keena is from Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
The following child abuse story from Keena
depicts: child neglect and sexual abuse that resulted in Keena being sent to
foster care, then severe physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse in
The child abuse effects on Keena: nightmares, can’t stand to have anyone touch her, the inability to get passed what happened to her as a child—she asks the questions: how can I move on?
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I'm not sure where to start. My birth mother abused me and my sisters. She didn't feed us, she was always drunk and on drugs, and she was a prostitute. She would sell us to her clients to make money for drugs. Finally, the state took us away and we went to foster homes, where we were still abused.
We were beat with hot irons, extension cords,
belts, tree limbs, metal rods, and bats, anything handy at the time. We were
shot at by our foster parents. We were poisoned with bleach by them. We were
degraded with every name you could call a person. We were made to go to church
in our underwear with blood on it when we started our period because no one had
told us about it. We didn't know, so that was how they embarrassed us. They
tried to drown us and strangle us. They would make us beat on each other. They
kept us out of school because of the questions. They sexually abused us. They
used hangers and hot curling irons on our private parts. I spent 16 years in
foster care, and it seemed like at every foster home there was more abuse.
I am now 25 and still have nightmares. I can't
stand to have anyone touch me...I don't know how to fix it....
I have 2 boys of my own now, and I've tried
to let that part of my life go. I don't ever want them to suffer the way we
This story isn't even half of what happened to us...how do you move on?
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Child abuse story from Keena was re-formatted June 3, 2015
From Victim to Victory
How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life