This child abuse story from Linda was created
September 18, 2006 and was originally posted on September 5, 2006 as story #31.
Linda is from Bowman, Georgia, USA
The following child abuse story from Linda
depicts emotional child abuse, physical child abuse and child neglect.
The child abuse effects on Linda: low self-esteem and the belief that she must please her father.
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My story is not gonna measure up to what the
I'm only 15 and we just got help with our
problem. I need someone I can talk to about this, cause right now I have no
I was born in 1991, and my mom and dad were so
proud of me. They showed me to everyone. About 5 years later, my brother
(Jonathan) was born and they really loooved him. So Daddy started to not like
me more and I would get in trouble about everything. I washed clothes and
cleaned, and I got hit about everyday. Some were worse than others.
Dad hit me this one time, I remember vividly,
with a metal pole, and sent me to school the next day. I had a broken nose and
a black eye. My boyfriend at the time . . . I confided to him . . . I told him
everything. He said he loved me and hated to see me hurt, and he told DFCS.
DFCS stepped in and told my dad to stop hitting me and neglecting me, and to
stop treating my brother like he was perfect. My sister was 3 at the time, and I
had raised her. I love her so much!!!!!!!!
We went to foster care, and through court Dad
and Mom got us back. Daddy went to jail for a while and got out. We (my mom and
I) were there when he got out. He gave my mom a hug, but ignored me. He told
her he hated my guts and he didn't want me.
We're back with them now, and I go to school.
The beatings have stopped, but he still neglects me. He doesn't talk to me. I
thank God he let this stop, and it might get better soon I hope I really try to
please him. But it doesn't work.
NOTE FROM DARLENE: If you are a child or youth in the United States with problems that you need help and support with, please call Child Help USA at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). If you're in Canada, please call Kids Helpline at 1-800-668-6868.
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Child abuse story from Linda 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