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When I Was 11…

When I was 11 my mom met this guy named Jordan. He called himself 3D. Almost immediately he moved in with us. The psychical abuse started after a couple of months. He convinced my mother to start beating us and have us kneel on rice for hours at time as punishment. He even whipped my brothers back with a belt in front of us for hours, and dressed him in a dress as he pierced his ears with a pin. No numbing agent. He was 5 years old. The sexual abuse did not start until later For all I know it was just me. Not my siblings. It started off with him coming into my room when I was sleeping and him touching me. I would wake up to him touching me but pretend to be asleep. I didn’t know how to react or who to tell or what to even say. It was new and terrifying. It stopped for a while until we were moving to a new state and I was in my room alone packing. He came in to help me. Hugged me and then his pants fell down exposing himself to me. the abuse got worse when we moved. He would sneak into my room every night and do things to me. I don’t know what he did but I know he did something since i would go to sleep in my bed and wake up in the living room on the couch with him sitting next to me. Or I would wake up with him kissing me. He tried to penetrate me multiple times in the shower and the living room while I was awake. He convinced me this was normal relationship behavior. He even called me from my friends house to “clean the bathroom” When I started to clean the bathroom. he came in, closed the door and forced me to give him oral. All of this was in a span of me being 11- 12. The creepiest thing that he has ever done was show me an video of my mom and I walking across the street when I was 3 years old. That made me so paranoid that has been watching me for that long. When I was about to turn 13 he just left. I did see him around a lot after that. I was sure he was stalking me. But after we moved again, I never saw him.

— Survivor, age 25

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