'I was mistreated BY MY STEPMOTHER'
A readers says she has finally made peace after being abused her entire life
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.
LETTING GO OF THE PAST
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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