At seventeen my father passed away, at nineteen my mother passed away.

He started locking me in the bathroom for hours beating me while the children were in their rooms,.. two with life-threatening diseases Sickle Cell  Anemia..the children could hear everything..

 

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This is BP and I wanted to share my story of domestic violence.

At seventeen my father passed away, at nineteen my mother passed away.
I had to grow up fast and start my life, I was dating my children's father and decided to move in with him.

Everything was great at first, but after about six months things began to change. He started to accuse me of cheating and lying to him, then came the fighting when he started to hit me I fought back at first. If I said anything to him that he didn't like he would hit me, bite me, verbally abuse me. I truly thought I was in love.

I then became pregnant with our first child and things got better, but by the time our second child was born it was happening all over again. When I had my last child it was at the worst it had ever been!!

He started locking me in the bathroom for hours beating me while the children were in their rooms and was told by their father not to come out and they hadn't eaten all day. I begged and pleaded with him to let them eat and let me out of the bathroom because the children can hear everything that's going on.

I tried to run out the front door one time and he gave be a black eye and a blood vessel in my left eye burst, I had to go to work like that. And I still stayed, he ran over my foot with the car, hit me in front of the kids. I had nowhere to go or anyone to turn to I thought. And through all of this my two younger children were(are) dealing with Sickle Cell Anemia.

My breaking point was when we were staying with a family member of his and he was beating me and she didn't say a word, she walked past us went to her room and closed the door. I fought to get my kids and left and didn't look back. It was very tough having three small kids trying to raise them alone.

And it got worse, my daughter and son both started to have pain crisis and at one point they both had pneumonia at the same time!! It was rough I had to go back and forth from each room cause they both wanted me and cried out. It was heart wrenching, but as a mother you have to endure a lot pain and sleepless nights and I did and do now.

But I am thankful that I was strong enough to get my children and myself out of that situation. They deserved better and I know how it feels to see your mother get beat on. I was a child in the middle of domestic violence. Thank you for your time.