Once upon a time there was an idealistic little girl. Her parents had separated when she was 6 years old and her mother moved on with a new man. This man did everything he could to ruin the idealisms of this little girl and her two brothers for many years. He used his words, his fists, his strength & his authority to try to tear them down. This little girl was me and this is one piece to my story.
Years passed and I started to change into an idealistic young lady. One fateful day when I was 12 years old, I came home to find that the house was empty for my stepfather and me.
I had been in the house alone with him many times before, but lately I was growing more and more uncomfortable. It had started a few months prior, innocently enough. He would ask me to sit on the couch and watch TV with him.
He gradually began to ask me to lie down and cuddle with him. Caught somewhere between a little girl wanting to feel close to a father figure and a young women terrified to anger an abusive man, I obliged.
However on this particular day, our cuddling took a turn that I would never be able to erase or brush off.
“Come lay with me,” he said. I began to walk over, quietly saying “okay.”
As I started to lie down in my usual spot beside him, he grabbed hold of my hips and lifted me onto his body. He held his arms tightly around my wrists with his hands resting on my lower back. My legs were left to dangle between his legs and my belly rested on his.
I could feel his arousal hard against my leg, although I barely registered what that meant at the time. He began rubbing my back and stared at me.
“Do you love me?” he asked. “Yes, of course,” I said. As mean, abusive and hurtful as he could be, he had been a father figure in my life for nearly 6 years and we had shared some happy memories as a family. He seemed pleased with my answer and rested for a moment.
Taking a deep breath and looking noticeably nervous, he looked up at me again and said, “Kiss me.” I leaned down and gave him a quick kiss, no different than I had done many nights at bedtime for many years.
He laughed lightly and said, “no, kiss me like you kiss your boyfriends.”
Not fully understanding, I leaned down and kissed him exactly as I had before and said, ‘that is how I kiss my boyfriends.’
This was true, since I had only had one or two boyfriends at this point and had only made it to holding hands and chicken peck kisses.
When he realized that I wouldn’t or couldn’t give him the kiss he wanted, he looked upset. Sensing and fearing a shift in his gentle approach, I quickly told him I had a lot of homework to finish and that I needed to get started.
He hugged me to him again, then pulled back and asked, “Do you still love me?” I said yes again. I didn’t want to anger him.
This level of confused intimacy, with gentle kisses and caressing, carried on for 3 years before I had him arrested for physical abuse. I never told the police at the time about the sexual assault. It would take me 2 more years before I ever shared it with a few close friends and I was nearly 20 years old before sharing the details with my mother and father, at the suggestion of a therapist.
Although the acts never escalated too much more than his arousal and some physical movement with clothes on, his kissed became more determined and he would hold me tighter against him. As I grew older, I became more aware of the inappropriate nature of these moments. I grew increasingly distant while it would take place, abandoning my body to fend for itself as my soul went to somewhere better.
Looking back, I often wonder what he was taking from me saying that I still loved him. I still wonder if he would have pushed the sexual acts further if I had fought him off with more force and aggression. The fear of what could have happened & the memories of what did, cast a small shadow in my resilient idealistic nature.
I haven’t spoken more than a dozen words to him since he was arrested. I wish I were brave enough to confront him. To tell him that he didn’t ruin my life. He overshadowed many good memories for nearly 10 years of my childhood, but I get the rest. I have a wonderful life and he is just a mean old bastard living in the same small town. I win. I am happy. I am loved. I am endlessly idealistic.
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I am sorry that monster did that to you , I don't know you but I am glad that you are happy and wish you the best
This is the first story I have read on this site. I told a friend what happened to me so she sent me here. My story happens to be remarkably similair to yours. Thank you for sharing. It feels good to know that someone else who wasn't necesarily raped or anything can get consequences and move on in their life, not be scarred.
Yes, you win. Stay idealistic. The world is a beautiful and wonderful place just waiting to be explored. Don't ever let anyone rob you of that.
I think the best part of reading your story is reading that you got therapy! All too often people share their story without mentioning the healing process. Congratulations! Congratulations, too, on finding your voice and sharing your story here.
Thank you so much for sharing this. How confusing and scary. This was every bit as abusive and damaging as anything he could have done and I'm so glad you're able to see that. He had NO right! You are strong and incredible.
it takes a lot to open yourself like this and I thank you for sharing the memories and the triumph.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring words with us today. You are so right - you do win, and I applaud you for taking your victory.
You are a triumph. I relate so much to the way you say "I grew increasingly distant while it would take place, abandoning my body to fend for itself as my soul went to somewhere better." I'm so glad you found your way back, to yourself and to your idealism. Thank you so much for sharing your story and inspiring all of us with your resilience.
Thank you for sharing your story. Your words mean a lot to those of us reading here. Your resilience and your courage are inspiring.
Crys, I'm sorry this happened to you. I am also glad that you won. Thank you so much for sharing your story here today.
Thank you for sharing your story. I am very happy that he wasn't able to take everything from you, that you are still able to enjoy your life and be optimistic. It takes a lot of strength to do that!