Originally Posted by AndrewsMother
What exactly is child abuse? Please give me a few scenarios. Nothing sexual.
I can give you a few personal experiences
1. My brother and I were 4 maybe 5 and he was really sick, like flu sick, and wasn't hungry at all. Our stepfather made him eat and told him if he threw up, he would beat his butt. So my brother scarfed down 2 cheese coney's and tried to tell my mom he wanted to throw up. Well...he did, all over the floor and started crying because he knew what was coming. My then stepfather took off his belt and beat him until he stopped crying and just laid there and his mother(stepfather's mother) told him that was enough. He beat him for about 3 mins straight with a lot of anger for no absolute reason. My mother never interjected and we both felt very betrayed but she knew if she did she would also get beat but it is still no excuse.
2. One early morning when I was about 6 or 7 I fell asleep waiting for my mom to come home as she worked 3rd shift. She came home and woke me up and gave me a present..The Lion King!!! I was so excited so at 7 am I immediately watched it. So an hour later my stepfather came downstairs to sit down. I was so engrossed in the movie, that he actually yelled my name and said, "Rianne!! come over here and bend over my knee, you gone get it". I knew what was happening and just started crying and he proceeded to hit me for about 2 mins and told me to sit down. I have no memory of doing anything as I tried my hardest to avoid him and his anger.
Now verbal abuse can be just as damaging as physical and I seriously think that is why my brother is so messed up now. He was constantly called retarded and stupid and my stepfather never showed him any affection or attention unless it was negative.
I hoped that helped AM.