I need advice

I'm considering reporting my mother's abuse. The other day she gave me a lot of scratches on my arm. For the first time in 17 years I have physical proof. But I'm scared. I'm scared of going up to the health office and having them claim it's just a cat scratch, or that I did it myself because I'm bratty white trash, or having the police go to my house and having my mom assert the same things. Or even that it was accidental, or so minor that it's not worth investigating. I'm afraid they won't believe me. And I'm afraid I might tear the family apart if they do. I want help, and I'm sick of people telling me to wait until I'm 18, I can't wait anymore, especially since I know I won't have the means to move out. I can't have my dad keep ignoring what's going on hoping that it'll get better, and I can't be constantly watched and bullied for doing the wrong thing, I can't do it anymore. But I don't know if I can do this.

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  • Do you have another family member that you can live with? Grandparent? etc... Abuse is not just physical, and abusers are people we know very well. Doesn't make it right and you don't have to justify that you're hurt or scared. It's important that you're safe. Call CPS or report it to a counselor at school. Your mom may deny anything and everything when they come to investigate. It may tear the family apart (or cause a ripple) or maybe get everyone they help they need. But something has to give and your safety should come first. You definitely need someone you can talk to about this.

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