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My father beats us up and I'm scared for my mother, sister and me.

Question: My father regularly beats my mother and also threatens to beat my sister and me if we don’t do what he says. He is unpredictable. Most of the time he’s cheerful and buys us presents, but when he is in a bad mood I get terrified. I don’t want to tell anyone because I feel ashamed, but I also am scared for the three of us. Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for reaching out. I’m saddened to hear that your father is abusive towards your mother, sister and you. Even if he doesn’t physically abuse you and your sister, living in constant fear also counts as emotional abuse.

Here are a few active steps you can take to help yourself:                               

In Brief:

  • Your father is abusive because of his own insecurities and not because of anything you, your sister or your mot.....

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