Society often doubts the tragic story, mocks the traumatic experience, and inadvertently shames women, who are victims of carnal abuse. This leads to them choosing to stay silent throughout their entire existence.To prove this point, this is exactly what happened to a woman from Manila, Philippines, whose story was published by the Humans of New York page on Facebook. Scroll down to read the story below!
The woman said that she blames her stepfather for this traumatic experience. Tired of being played with every night, she decided to leave the house when she turned 17. As the time goes by, she chose to stay silent about what happened.
“My stepfather would come to my side of the room when everyone else was asleep. I’d heard about these things on television, but I couldn’t believe it was happening to me.”
“I told nobody. I was ashamed. I didn’t want anyone spreading rumors. I couldn’t even tell my mom because who would she believe: him or me? So I just left the house when I turned seventeen.”
However, she didn’t stay long at her friend’s house. Her mother also got mad at her, saying she was abandoning her responsibilities.
“I started sleeping at the houses of my friends. It was so lonely. I never stayed in the same place for long.”
“And my mother grew so angry with me. It ruined our relationship. I had been helping her raise my siblings, so she thought I was abandoning my responsibilities.”
Up to this day, her mother is still clueless on what she went through. According to her, there’s no use of telling her secret since her abusive stepfather already passed away.
“Even today she doesn’t know why I ran away. I haven’t even told my husband about this. But what does it matter anymore? I’m older now. And my stepfather’s dead.”
The netizens immediately reacted to this thought-provoking Facebook post. A lot of people also shared the same traumatic experience in the comments section. Read what they have to say below!
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