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  • Last night, I was trying to tell my mom goodnight (since we just had an argument) before I could knock on the door my stepdad came out, yelling at me to go to sleep. 2 seconds later he pushed me on the ground so hard that the next day I had bruises on my arms. and my head still hurt. so, after he pushed me, he walked away like nothing happened, i went into my moms room and told her what happened. my stepdad came in and said I hit him first, my mom was yelling at me to apologize.

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like recent events at home have been intense and you mentioned being harmed by your stepdad. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to Child Protective Services (CPS). Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

      If you are unable to call in and you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • Is it okay for my step dad to hit me I mean it was in the past when I was around like 9-11 and he would get mad over small things like I remember I got a henna on my hand when I was like 10 I think and he slapped tf out of my hand or like another time I don't remember what happend exactly that made him mad but I was in my room and he grabbed me by neck and my mom charged at him and then he threw her to the ground I'm just kinda confused because he's always saying he's changed or saying that he cares for me even though in the past he would say things like he would go leave me with my biological dad and he wouldn't care if my mom disagreed but its weird now since he spends more time with us I'm just really confused because yeah he's gotten better with anger I guess but from time to time he'll still threaten to hit me or get mad over the smallest things. Now I don't even have my phone because I didn't answer his phone call not only that I'm not even allowed to talk or text with anyone when he's around me I have to hide everything I dont even know why he thinks he's in control of anything when hes my step dad its just all really confusing to be honest.

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    • ccsmod3
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      Hi there, thank you for reaching out. To answer your question, it is never okay for anyone to hit you. It sounds like your step-dad mistreated you a lot more when you were younger and since has gotten a little better, even though he still seems to need control over you. It’s understandable for it to seem weird or confusing as he has changed his behavior a bit, but still says the same things he did in the past and makes threats. That sounds really scary. It could be helpful to talk with your mom about this, as you pointed out, he is your stepdad and not your biological parent. Maybe more rules need to be laid out as to what your stepdad’s role is and what he is allowed to do. Also could be helpful to talk with your mom about the threats that he still makes against you as you should absolutely feel safe in your own home. If you would like to discuss this further with us, please call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us online at 1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS
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