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I was molested by my uncle, my parents won't believe me.

Question: I live in a joint family and my uncle molested me. I don’t know who to tell; my parents won’t believe me. I feel dirty and uncomfortable when he’s around. I keep replaying the incident in my mind and blaming myself for not stopping it sooner, but I felt like I was paralyzed in the moment. Now I don’t know what to do. Teentalker , 16-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Home and family are supposed to be safe spaces. Perhaps you feel betrayed, helpless and confused while replaying the memories. I know you wish you could have stopped the molestation, but feeling like you are paralyzed is really natural – sometimes your body literally freezes from fear and shock when it senses danger.  Here are a few active steps you can take to help yourself:

In Brief:

  • Remember that none of this was your fault – you are not to blame
  • Your safety is important - try not to be alone with.....

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