When Branda was ten one of her best, friends committed suicide because he felt as though no one cared. Again, at age fifteen another of her friends committed suicide after being bullied at school. Branda had a difficult time dealing with the pain that she felt from the loss and she was hospitalized for eight days. At nineteen, her family was forced to move in with her grandmother whom she does not get along with. When Branda began using drugs at nineteen her family attempted to help her.
In the beginning of Runaway Girl, Carissa, a second grader, is thrown out the house by her stepfather, Steve. Her mother, who watched, never checked to see if she was okay. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 3). The beginning was only the first part of her struggles of her life. When her mother and Steve were married, Carissa had to live with not just her blood related brothers and sisters, but her step brothers and sisters as well.
This maltreatment can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and emotional abuse. Precious was mistreated in all these ways from a very young age. Her mother physically abused her. She beat her, kicked her during labor, and threw objects at her. Her father sexually abused her.
And now, after a couple of years, June was very worried because her daughter's behaviors were very similar to those of her that she had in the past. Ann is the first child of the family, and in fact, according to her, she was the reason why her parents got married in the first place. She says that her father always blamed her for his misery, but on the other hand, her mother was carrying and loving. But this relationship lasted only until she was two years old, when her sister was born, because than her mother turned all her attention and love to the newborn. But these family conflicts increased even more with the birth of the third child.
Then she would run out of the house in a fury. Over the years from fighting with her dad, she has gotten numerous scars on her hands. Alcoholism in a family affects every single member in a negative manner. Today my cousin lives with me and my family because there came a time when her father tried to kill her when he was drunk. And now after many hard years my cousin is learning how to stand on her own two feet.
How does child abuse affect children? Three Little Words follows Ashley up to her twenties, but it never goes into detail how the abuse affected her. Luckily, Ashley is adopted into a loving home, where she can thrive. She became a New York Times bestselling author, a philanthropist, a child welfare advocate, and a public speaker. Her brother was sadly not so lucky; the family that was planning on adopting him sent him back due to his behavioral issues.
When she got home her mom was still as cruel as she used to be so her only escape was therapy. Her therapist Dr. Wilbur helped her with her anxiety and multiple personalities disorder. So that Sybil could have change the two met up often and grew a bond that would last for many years. There was signs of change and improvement from the therapy. Dr. Wilbur took all sixteen of Sybil's personalities and eventually turned them into one.
Client reports these times in which see was responsible for cooking, cleaning and taking care of her father caused her to resent her mother for most of her childhood. When the client was 16 her mother divorced her biological father and put him in a nursing home. Client reports that this made her very mad and she hated that she was forced to move in with her mother and her mother’s new boyfriend. Client reports her mother was remarried a year later and despite initially being very critical of her mother for moving on so quickly, she grew too really like her step-father. At 17 years old, the client left home to move in with a man she was dating.
All throughout her childhood, and most of her young adult life until she ran away, my mother was pushed onto other family members. When my grandmother ran out of family members, she would leave my mom with foster parents for months of a time. She wasn’t a bad kid; she didn’t misbehave. She just wanted someone to want her around, someone to love her. Regrettably, the reason my grandmother went to such lengths to get rid of her own daughter, was for a man.
Mariah and Bobby met 7 years ago when Mariah dropped out of college and began her addiction to meth. Mariah’s relationship with Bobby is an unhealthy one and at times abusive. Bobby is the local drug dealer and uses the apartment in which he shares with Mariah to conduct business and if need be pimps Mariah out to costumers for extra cash. A year after Mariah and Bobby met; Mariah found out she was pregnant with a little girl. Though Mariah took a hiatus from her drug use while pregnant she still delivered early and her baby, Mya, was born a month premature.