Overcoming Life’s Obstacles
Does a bad experience as a child determine one’s future? I refused to let planers choose who I was going to be. When I was child, I experienced some real traumatic situations growing up, my family and society’s statistics labeled me as if I would not have a successful future. My family often said to me, ”you will never be anything in life”. “You will end up in prison or dead.” Society’s statistics labeled my future as one that would involve in depression and poor self-esteem. Can a child overcome barriers when life deals them a bad hand? I chose not to be a product of my environment. I became a sexually abused victim at the age of 10. My uncle, who had just reintegrated back into society from prison for molesting my cousin, was over at my house. My mother and some relatives left all of the kids under his care while on a shopping trip. While under his care my uncle did a violent and hurtful act towards me that ill never forget. My uncle called me into the house and locked the door. He told me to go into the kitchen and take off all my clothes. Scared and confused my ten-year-old mind could not understand or comprehend what was happening. My uncle then proceeded to lean me over a chair and molest me. With my tear filled eyes I felt helpless while he did his evil endeavors. When he was done he told me to clean myself up and not to tell anyone. I did not know what to do after the incident occurred. I felt like I couldn’t tell anyone due to the fear I had towards my uncle. Studies show that 30% of children never disclose this horrific tragedy with anyone. Statistics show that nearly 70% of all reported sexual assault occur to children 17 yrs and younger, it is also state that 30-40% of victims are abused by a family member. Through my teenage years everything took a turn for the worse. I felt like one traumatic experience was so hard to deal with among the many other challenges I faced as a teenager. As a teenager...
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