'I was mis­treated BY MY STEPMOTHER'

A read­ers says she has fi­nally made peace af­ter be­ing abused her en­tire life

Move! - - READERS' CORNER - By Retha­bile Moloisi*

MY mother died when I was 10 years old and af­ter her death, I lived with my grand­mother. My fa­ther re­mar­ried and he and his new wife asked me to visit them for the De­cem­ber hol­i­days, but when it was time for me to re­turn home to my grand­mother, they changed their cell­phone num­bers and cut all con­tact with my grand­mother.


My night­mare be­gan when my stepmother started calling me names and telling me that I will die from HIV-re­lated ill­nesses just like my mother. She would even call me names in front of her friends, who also started mis­treat­ing me.

She would make me wash piles of dishes when I came back from school and shout at me even if I didn’t do any­thing wrong. The name-calling and be­ing cursed got so much that I couldn’t even con­cen­trate at school. This badly af­fected my school work. BE­ING RAPED Things be­came harder when my stepmother’s younger brother raped me. When I told my stepmother and fa­ther about the in­ci­dent, they didn’t be­lieve me. I was al­ways cry­ing and couldn’t even hide it at school. One day, one of my teach­ers saw me cry­ing and I told them ev­ery­thing. She helped me look for my mother’s fam­ily and I moved back home.


Af­ter liv­ing with so much abuse, I be­came an­gry at ev­ery­one. My stepmother once told me that I would never amount to any­thing in life. But one day I de­cided to make peace, let go of my past and not be­come a pris­oner of my stepmother’s words.

I now have my own house, a good job and a fi­ancé who loves me even though my stepmother had told me that no one would ever love an ugly per­son like me. * Not her real name

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