This child abuse story from KerryAnn page was
created February 10, 2007 and was originally posted on February 2, 2007 as
KerryAnn is from Sanford, Maine, USA
The following child abuse story from KerryAnn
depicts physical child abuse, emotional child abuse and sexual abuse at the
hands of her uncle.
The child abuse effects on KerryAnn: low self-esteem, persistent nightmares, and as a young child, KerryAnn believed that what happened to her was her fault
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My uncle was my favorite person in the world.
We did a lot together with his two other nieces, however, he always told me I
was his favorite. He married my mother's sister shortly after my nana died, and
the verbal abuse started. My aunt was an alcoholic and was barely home. I
believe he took his anger out on me. He'd beat me, throw me down stairs, knock
me into doors and he sexually abused me once.
When I was six, one of his favorite things to
do was to have me stand in front of a mirror, naked and tell my reflection that
I was worthless. If I declined, he would smash my face into the mirror, letting
my tears streak the glass.
Another time, he forced me to eat out of the
dog's dish. I was humiliated and disgusted as he made my mouth move, eating the
small quantity of food.
One day when I was nine, my dad came to pick me
up early and found my uncle strangling me with his bare hands. After that, I
was to a child psychiatrist. The only way I could testify in trial, was over a
voice recorder, because I was terrified to see him in court. He was put away
for a year and a half for robbing me of my justice and my innocence. I haven't
seen him since.
I'm eighteen now, and I still feel the pain. I
have horrible dreams a lot of the time that revolve around him, but I am
There is always hope, but you have to find the strength inside of yourself to get out of the situation. I kept a lot of what happened to myself and believed it was all my fault. Always remember, you are the victim. It will never be your fault.
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Child abuse story from KerryAnn 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