Kw-logo-smaller

Dear Dish-It: My Dad Hits Me

Dear Dish-it,


I have no idea what to do. My dad hasn't hit me since I was four and all of a sudden he started hitting me again. I was doing my homework and I asked him to help me with it and he told me to figure it out myself, so sarcastically I said, "Gee, thanks a lot." Then all of a sudden he grabs the back of my hood and pulls it hard. I could barely get a breath out. I was so annoyed and frustrated that he did that so I said, "Was there a point to that?" Then he pulls my sweater, dragging me across the room. I don’t know what to do so I just sit there listening to him cursing at me and calling me fat and ugly. I now have a small cut on one side of my neck, then a bruise on my arm and neck. I'm too scared to call the police because he said that if I do he would take my little brothers and sisters who live with my mom, and that he would take them away from my mom. Please help me!


kjm64


Dear kjm64,


I’m sorry that this is happening to you. Grownups, especially our parents, are supposed to be there to help and encourage us kids and to show us the right way to act. Truthfully, most adults do treat kids well. But some adults hurt kids rather than help them. Another word for this is abuse.


Verbal & Physical Abuse

Hitting and constant yelling are both types of abuse, and it sounds like you may be experiencing them with your dad. Physical abuse is when someone hits you hard with their hand or an object like a belt, especially hits that leave cuts and bruises. Shaking, pushing, choking, painfully grabbing and kicking can also be physical abuse.


Verbal or emotional abuse can happen if someone yells at you all the time, calls you mean names or threatens to leave you or have you adopted. All kids deserve to have adults in their lives who love and support them as they grow up. It's common for parents to get angry with their kids once in a while, but if there's yelling, punishing and threatening too much of the time, you can start feeling really bad about yourself. And just like with physical forms of abuse, it's a good idea to tell a trusted adult this is happening.


Tell Right Away

If you think you’re experiencing abuse, you need to tell another adult that you trust right away. This can be hard because, as in your case, the abuser may threaten or frighten you into keeping quiet. No matter what the abuser says, abuse is ALWAYS wrong, and there are different ways you can ask for help and get it.


How to Tell

  • Talk to an adult you trust in person.
  • Talk to an adult you trust on the phone.
  • Write a note or send an e-mail or a letter to an adult you trust who can help you.
  • Tell someone at school: a counselor, nurse, teacher or coach.
  • Tell a friend’s mom or dad.
  • If you can’t think of any other adult that you trust, you can call a helpline (like 1-800-4-A-CHILD).

The way you tell someone about what’s happening at home with your dad is up to you. The most important thing is that you do tell someone what’s happening and how it makes you feel. You need to try and protect yourself by getting the abusive behavior to stop happening. It takes a lot of courage to talk about this, so thank you for telling me. Your next step is to get the courage to tell someone close to you who can help. It’ll feel really good when you take the steps needed to keep yourself and your brothers and sisters safe.


More Advice:

latest videos

Poll

Do You Know Someone Who's Being Neglected?

  • My parents are constantly neglecting me.
  • My friend's parents are very neglectful.
  • Sometimes I feel neglected, but I know I've got it pretty good.
  • No, I don't know anyone who's being neglected.

related stories

Micro_child abuse_micro
An estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse and neglect every year. Since April is Child A...
My friend comes down to our softball practices in no shirt, ripped jeans, and no shoes<...
I have a friend whose parents abuse her. I know this cuz she is my best friend and she tells me e...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

Luciernaga
My grandmother was diagnosed with liver cancer around two months ago, and she had gotten better. All of a sudden she landed in the hospital last week because of a urinary tract infection that has pretty much turned her into a vegetable (a person who is impaired physically/mentally). The doctors say that she's fine, but she isn't responding to anyone who is talking to her. I know that my grandmother is dying, and I doubt she'll last another week. The thing is that I live in a different country and I don't have the money to go all the way to Mexico to visit her. So I decided to send a message to one of my aunts (her daughters) to tell her that I'm going to miss her. But I need help. I have difficulty with projecting my emotions into words, so I don't know what exactly to say. The same thing happened when my other grandma died (my mom's mom). I really need some help. If I don't say anything, I know I'll be guilty for the rest of my life and my family members might end up hating me for not saying anything.
reply about 2 hours
montana_country_gurl
like i said his name is David Mazouz
reply about 4 hours
tonyjacksin
tonyjacksin posted in Friends:
Who
reply about 4 hours
montana_country_gurl
i am a country girl thru and thru but i have heard some non country songs like heartbeat song by kelly clarkson and i am starting to like those better than country music. am i not a country girl any more? what do i do?
reply about 5 hours
Dreamy19
Dreamy19 posted in Friends:
oww<<<<<ok
reply about 5 hours

play online games