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IN People ON 22 Apr, 2016
Childhood is the best part of one's life. You don't realize this fact until you are way into adulthood, that the carefree and careless ways, the innocence, the lack of knowledge, and the childish problems will never return. All of us have numerous memories of being a child that we recall once in a while and feel nostalgic. But, not all of us are so lucky to have only good memories.
There are some who had to face the most extreme of pain and detachment as a child and had to endure it silently for the lack of courage. Micaela is a 17-year-old Argentinean girl. When she was 16, she committed suicide. Her entire family was shocked and kept wondering what might have led her to take the extreme step. One year later, they have discovered the reason that was before them all the while.
But, later the teachers noticed something odd in her house, which revealed what the problem was.
"The assaults started when I was four years old or so, with something as innocent as a teddy bear. My father had a gorilla plush, and I had a little bear. He said they were lovers and that he would teach me how they should play. The gorilla's name was Chico and my bear was called Heart. I was little, but I remember," she said.
She showed signs, but none of her family members noticed. She used to hurt herself and cut through her skin with a blade. "I shouted 'I hate you' as I cut myself. Yes, daddy, you destroyed my life and, as I could not hurt you, I used to hurt myself."
She knew that now no one could stop her from revealing what she had suffered. She made a Facebook page with the name "For a Childhood Without Pain" (in Portuguese-Por uma infancia sem dor), which now has over 8,000 likes. She is now known worldwide and is spreading awareness about child abuse and incest.
"I have dreams... I think of a happy future, a united family... I imagine how it would have been my first kiss, the first man in my life. I imagine how it would have been, if it had happened with my consent...", wrote the teenager on Facebook. "It's not the sexual abuse which hurts most daddy... it is your treason. I cry every day for having lost you, as if you were dead. You took advantage of the most valuable thing I had: my innocence. You played with my feelings."
"Sometimes I think about how my life would have been if someone had believed in me when I was 4 years old. But how would anyone believe a four-year-old brat?"
Her story could be your child's too. Take notice of their actions. They aren't just plain notorious or problematic, they might be suffering deep down within. Help them in fighting it.
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