child abuse story from Susan page was created June 7, 2007 and was originally
posted on June 3, 2007 as story #133.
is from Dubuque, Iowa, USA
following child abuse story from Susan depicts: sexual abuse at the hands of
her older brother
The child abuse effects on Susan: urological and neurological problems, divorced twice, estrangement from her brother
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I was 7 years old. It was storming that night. As usual, I was terrified.
My parents had both moved to the bedroom downstairs, and now the bedroom next
to me was my big brothers. He heard me crying and came in to comfort me. At
first I was glad. Then he tried to rape me. The abuse went on for years.
I was never actually raped, but all the things he did to me hurt me very much.
I now have some urological and neurological problems. I blame this on the
abuse. My neurologist said I must have had some trauma. It took 2 surgeries, 3
years of therapy and over 50 boxes of Kleenex for me to recover. I was
lucky to have a good counselor.
I am 41 years old and have two beautiful girls I love very much. We have
had our struggles. Being divorced twice, I have given up on
relationships. They are just too complicated.
rarely see my brother, but when I do, he acts like it was fun for us or
something. I hate him more than anyone else in the world. I have lost
so much. Knowing that my life was ruined by him is very hard to take. I
love my girls, and that is what gets me through the day. I am now on disability
and can't work.
Many people in my hometown know about what happened and act like I did something wrong. I am disappointed in most people, and don't have a lot of respect for people who refuse to care about children's rights. My motto is, I am not ashamed of myself; I am ashamed of those who hurt me and of those who knew and did nothing. Also I usually ask people: What will you say when God asks you, what have you done to protect my children?
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Child abuse story from Susan was re-formatted June 10, 2015
From Victim to Victory
How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life