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View Diary: "I Won't Mess Up Anymore!", a desperate child pleads (Updated) (151 comments)

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  •  You must be an incredibly strong person, CatM, (2+ / 0-)
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    Minnesota Deb, Cassandra Waites

    and I can see that your upbringing probably contributed to that.  I always admire the ability to turn adversity into strength.  

    I can see that siblings who witness such abuse react in complicated ways--- and I think growing up a witness to this sort of abuse could be another kind of abuse in itself.  Your stepsister for some reason learned to pile on with some verbal abuse of her own rather than to allow herself to feel sympathy for you.  She was, in a way, a participant, and can't admit that now--- I'm thinking that she didn't gain strength from her upbringing the way you did.

    I agree that we should find ways to get kids out of abusive homes, and we should listen to kids when they ask for help.  In the case featured in this diary--- the parents are unfit, for sure.  I wonder why neighbors who found this boy sleeping outside in the cold, locked out of the house, etc... did not report it to authorities sooner.  

    I hope someone will care for him now.

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