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11 Years of Age

By April 2, 2021April 6th, 2021No Comments

At the age of 11 we love hanging out with our grandparents. That’s also the age we start to develop into being a teen. As I was at my grandparents’ house one weekend they had their friend over. Let’s call him Richard. As I returned from the bathroom I hear a slap and notice I was slapped across my a*s. I was an 11 year old girl and a 48 year old man slapped my a*s. I got scared and uncomfortable, and my grandparents and cousin noticed. Once he left my grandparents asked what happened. I explained and they called him and told him he wasn’t allowed over anymore. Never heard or seen him since.

 

Helping Yourself

  • We’re sorry to hear that happened to you, but it’s good to hear about the support you received from your family. It’s not always easy to share uncomfortable experiences with others, and it sounds like you did a great job protecting yourself from the experience happening again.  Thank you for sharing your story with us and letting others learn from the experience as well!
  • If you’re still having any feelings of fear or discomfort, please consider continuing to use those family resources to share how you’re feeling and discuss ideas for ways to help you.

Moving forward

  • Have you considered becoming a part of a teen support group? Many communities have groups like these in which teens can reach out and support other teens in their area.  This may be something you find enjoyable, and provide you with a chance to share what you’ve learned with others who may not have the same support you did.  Your guidance counselor, youth pastor, or any youth club in the area may have some ideas as to where to go.
  • If you’re still having any feelings of anxiety from the experience, please consider visiting our website and using our LEARN tab. We have a section on anxiety that discusses what it is, triggers and even ideas for coping skills. Also, consider checking out our Wellness section for ideas about taking care of yourself everyday!