My mom has been hitting me for 5 years now and the last time she hit me was yesterday and I didn’t cry because I’m over the bullshit and he told me I was a mistake while hitting me I will never forget that day. She hits me every day and I’m just over it both.
WHAT TO DO FIRST:
- Thank you for reaching out to TeenCentral and sharing your story. It took bravery to share your story! What a scary situation you are in.
- First and foremost if you are being abused, go somewhere safe! Click here for a tool titled “Getting Help for Abuse During the Pandemic“. It is filled with helpful tips on how to get help. There are people standing by, waiting to help!
- Your safety is priority! It is important that you remain safe both physically and emotionally. It is okay to ask for help if you feel unsafe. If you ever feel you are in danger, PLEASE CALL 911, go to a trusted neighbor’s house, or go to a local ER. On the Teen Central website under the “HELP” tab, there are numbers you can call to get help, including 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), to help kids being abused. Or you can text HELLO to 741741 if making a call isn’t possible. These resources are available 24/7. Remember your safety is the most important thing!
- Do you have a trusted adult that you can talk to? This may be a neighbor, relative, teacher, or guidance counselor. It is important to get help if you are in an unsafe situation. This will also allow you to share your feelings. Sometimes letting strong emotions build up can make things more difficult.
WHAT TO DO NEXT:
- On top of talking to a trusted adult, journaling may help you express your thoughts, fears, and/or dreams and wishes. What is the worst part when your mom hits you? What are your feelings? Thoughts? You are likely to have multiple feelings and thoughts. If you could tell your mom one thing, what would that be? Sometimes journaling can be in the form of a letter to the person you’re upset with – like your mom. You can get out the feelings and thoughts that you haven’s said out loud. What do you wish your relationship with your mom would look like? Start with these prompts and if you need more, check out our “What’s New” tab or click here for more.
- With all of the emotions you are likely experiencing, ensuring they don’t build up is important. How do you release them? There are many skills and activities that may help. Yoga, art, music, and aerobic exercise are just a few examples. Pick one that interests you and try it. If it doesn’t seem to help, try another. You can do this!