My Friend's Story of Healing

by Sue
(Houston, Texas, United States)

Reading all of these stories makes me cry. How to get rid of child abuse when you are being abused? Talk to a counselor and/or call the police. I know it would be hard. My friend, she was abused (like a year ago) and she came to talk to me. And one day, I told her to come to my house, and she said no because her father would get mad. But I said it was O.K. and she said fine.

When she came over, I asked my mom if I could go over to my friend's house with the police. My mom said O.K. So we were in a police car driving to her house, and when we went in, her father was surprised. He was arrested, and my friend went to go live with her real mother.

Please, if you are being abused, call the police or talk to a friend. And if you can't, I don't know what to say. This story was real. I am only 12. I was 11 when my friend was abused. Yeah I know, you don't really take advice from children. But you know, I really care and I want to stop this. My mom said good idea, but then she said that not all the abusers will stop.

(>^.^)> hugs <(^.^<)

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Apr 07, 2008
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You give excellent advice, Sue. You're a great friend and humanitarian; you care so deeply. Perhaps the plight of abused children will move you to a career that includes helping children. You certainly are off to an impressive start.

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

Apr 08, 2008
You are brave
by: Francine

Good job, Sue! You and your mom saved your friend from her father! I'm also glad that she lives in a safe place now. You are a hero, Sue.

Apr 10, 2008
It's just not that easy
by: Anonymous4mysiblingsSake

You sound like a very intelligent young person. You did a very brave thing. The problem is that a lot of us don't have a loving environment to go to when we are taken from our abusers.

My abuse was considered by counselors as severe, horrendous, and torture. One threat my parents used was that if I told anyone I would get sent to a foster home. They told me that in foster homes they rape you, beat you, starve you, and take away your underwear (my mother had spent some time in a foster home as a child so I believed it). I was already dealing with all of the above but I did have my own underwear. It was, for me, a lesser evil to just keep my mouth shut. A lot of people knew I was being abused but without my word no one could do anything about it. I had every classic sign.

I wish there was an answer for everyone. I am working on a cure. I am getting my degree, I broke the cycle, and when I am finished with my degree, I plan to rally for abused victims rights.

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