(Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA)
My best friend was physically and sexually abused growing up. We were best friends, and still it was hard for her to tell, me even after it all was done. It really messes with a kid's head because you know, it's your mom or your dad or whatever. You have that emotional "I love you" stuck, and you're terrified of what will happen to your family and everything else.
Knowing what I know now from talking to her, I know how difficult and emotionally straining it is. Ever since she told me, I haven't been able to look at her father in the same way.
I know even now that he's gone, she still loves him. I don't know, it's a complicated feeling, but no one understands why she still loves her father but her. She's an amazing person.
Ever since she told me, I pray just about every night for those kids who are abused or neglected. I hope that one day no child will ever have to go through what my best friend did.
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