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Since this is Child Abuse Prevention Month, I wondered if you might like to hear from a victim.
I’m a resident of Springfield. My family is well known. One of my parents is still living, and so to protect my innocent siblings, I wish to remain anonymous.
By the age of 5, I was called a whore. I didn’t know what one was, but I knew it must be bad.
From the beatings I received, I learned to run really fast, and I have never let myself get caught in a corner of a room.
I learned never to trust anyone.
By the age of 10, I wanted to die. I was so afraid people would find out about my family’s secret.
I once ran away from home. The police picked me up and took me to the local child psychologist’s home. She knew my family and didn’t believe my story, and returned me to my home, to be beaten again.
I never received encouragement or affection. Sex education was never explained.
Naturally, when I became a teenager, I was molested and raped several times. If I had went to my parents, they would have blamed me.
I was classified as the town tramp or whore. I never felt I was good enough for anyone decent.
The abuse has left my siblings and I with low self-esteem, broken marriages and broken relationships.
Fortunately, I found Christ at 17 years old, and a church that cares about me and helped turn my life around.
It takes a village to raise a child.
If I could say anything to help someone in a situation like that, it would be “Tell someone!”
Don’t be embarassed. Tell someone. It’s not your fault!
A former victim,
a present overcomer, and a future champion
The Springfield Sun does not typically print letters from anonymous authors. In most cases, if you have an opinion, you should voice it and be proud to stand behind it with your name attached. In this case, there was reason to allow this letter to be printed without publishing the name of the author, although we did speak with the author and verify identity to ensure the letter is a true account.