My dad had always been violent towards me. Me parents split up ages ago but he still come back to ‘see’ me.
But he would hit me. He broke my jaw and cracked my ribs. He said if I told anyone he would kill me. So I kept my mouth shut.
One night I was home alone. My sister was at her boyfriends place and my mum was out.
I heard someone was in the house. I thought I was dad but it was one of his ‘mates’.. I didn’t know what he wanted from me and I was scared out of my mind. I ran to my room and shut the door but he pulled me out to his car, held a gun to my head and raped me. After he threw me in the ground and drove off. I didn’t know what to do. I was traumatized. Now I can’t sleep at night because I’m scared that I will wake up and he will be there. To this day I can still feel his hands on me. No matter how many burning hot showers I take or how many times I try and convince myself that I’m ok, nothing works.
— Jessie, age 16