When I was about 5 my mother married a guy. The first year was awesome, I loved him he bought me anything I wanted and always made sure I didn’t get yelled at by my mom. He “got sick” for about a week during the summer usually my mom left me with my aunt while she worked, but since he was home she let me stay. I remember the first day was fine he played with me all day and we ordered pizza and ate ice cream. The next day he asked me to go to their room and lay down with him to watch cartoons. He cover us and told me he was going to show me something but I couldn’t tell me mom or she would get mad at me. He touched me. He told me it would feel good but I remember being so uncomfortable. He also showed me his private area and made me touch it. This went on for the whole week. He did it a few times after that he would stay home and say he would take care of me, I started to hate him. That was when I was 6-7 he stopped after that. I never told my mother but when I was 11 and 14 he was caught video taping me while I showered by my mom and I. However both times she forgave him and told me not to tell anyone or else they would judge our family. I never did. Now I’m almost 17 and I have a 5 year old sister and I am terrified that he may try something on her. But maybe he did because I’m not his biological daughter. Either way I hate him very much and as much as I try I don’t know if I will be able to forgive him.
— Survivor, age 16