April, Child Abuse Awareness Month

April, Child Abuse Awareness Month, is fast approaching. Let us all remember that we have the power to help our communities children, allowing them to evolve from being victims of abuse to SURVIVORS of abuse. Here is a short story of a child abuse victim.

I Still Struggle
My first real memory was at age 4, being beaten due to a scratch in her new table. The cigarette burn scars and hot coffee… burn scars tell of earlier abuse at the hands of my mother. She remarried and the sex abuse started by both my mother and step-father. My step father would sexually abuse me on his own and then with my other. I was forced to watch them having sex then they would place me in their bed. My mother also prostitued me to other men for drugs, alcohol and money. I left home at the age of 16 after my mother beat me so bad that i ended up in the hospital. I go out but still struggle with nightmares and horrible memories.

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