Child Abuse Story From Alyssa For My Mother

by Alyssa
(Palatka, Florida, USA)

I am 12 and a girl. I do not get abused. I am about to tell my mother's story.

She grew up in Oregon in the Wallamet Valley. My mom has 1 older brother, 2 older sisters, and 1 younger sister. Her dad was a pilot and rarely home.

My mom does not remember a time when her mother was not beating her. She was beaten with wire hangers, dragged up and down the stairs by her hair, and her head was smashed up against the wall. She refers to her mom as evil. We barely ever talk about it. She does not mind talking about it, I just feel uncomfortable talking about it.

Once she remembers being pretty far away from her house and hearing her sister screaming from her mom's beatings.

I recently told my friends that my mother was beaten as a kid. They thought I was lying because my mom is as normal as can be. She has gotten over the fact that her mom beat her.

Just 3 weeks ago we went back to Oregon to visit her brother. He has a wife and 2 kids. He lives a couple miles away from his mom's house. We do not go visit her mom because she was "Kicked out of that family" along with my Uncle and Aunt. The last time we visited her mom was 3-4 years ago.(We do not keep in touch with her sisters because they have mental issues like their mom.)

My mom has been married for 28 years to my dad and has five kids of which I am the second youngest. We live in Florida now.

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May 26, 2008
Again, you honour your mother...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Thank you, Alyssa, for expounding on your mother's child abuse story. She is a testament to the resiliency of children and their ability to overcome even the worst cases of adversity. Your mother broke the cycle of abuse; she has much to be proud of, both for what she has achieved in her personal life, and for the way in which her 12-year-old daughter pays homage to her.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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