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  • My sister got beat by my father. I just heard from the basement.

    It's March 10, 2019. I didn't even know it happened until I stopped the shower, and I heard my sister constantly whining. I suspected my parents had beat her because they'd constantly walked in and our of her room yelling at her. I got dressed up and ran downstairs to avoid conflict or any sort of interaction with either of them. A few minutes later I can hear my dad yelling at her, telling her to be quiet. All I could hear were the whines and yelling. I heard my dad walk to his room and grab something. He began to whip her and I could hear nothing but these atrocious screams of pain. As he was hitting her, clearly being the reason she was screaming, he was telling her to be quiet. I could hear her screams being muffled, probably meaning he was covering her mouth. About ten minutes later, the noises secede and my sister walks down to the basement with a garbage can. She starts spitting inside of it and I walk up to her to see what was wrong. I tried examining her face, but she kept turning away. All I saw was her bloody gums and a busted face. At that point, i'd been dialing 911, but my father walks down and takes my phone. I'm on my laptop because he thinks i'm doing homework, but I don't have any way of contacting the police. My mom's out of the house, but she was also mad at my sister, so she's not a resort either. I just pray to god one of my neighbors heard the screams and noises. Knowing we lived in a townhouse, I can assume it was easily heard through the walls.

    What do I do ? I don't want this to continue happening.

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    Hi,
    We are so sorry to hear what you and your sister are going through. no one deserves to be treated that way by their parents. it's very brave of you to ask for help on your sister's behalf and we want to thank you for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like a really scary situation to be in with your sister and you did the right thing by trying to call 911, even if you weren't successful because your dad took your phone away. it sounds like your parents are angry at your sister and your dad chose to take it out on her physically and your mom is not available for additional support because she's also upset with your sister.
    There are a few options available to you. first, if you were able to get the use of your phone back, you can always file an abuse report. In general, the way this works is that a file would be opened for you, which would start an investigation into your situation. this could lead to a change in living situation for both you and your sister. Deciding whether to file is entirely up to you, but if you wanted to learn more about the process and what it would look like, you can reach out to Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline. Their number is 18004224453 and their website is childhelp.org. They can help you file a report or they can answer any questions you have. Keep in mind, that if you decide you don't want to file a report, but just want to get some questions answered, they are mandated reporters which mean that if you give them any identifying information (name, location, etc.) they are required by law to file the abuse report on your behalf but if you just need help coming up with a plan for the next time the abuse escalates, they can help you with that as well.

    Another option since your dad took your phone away is to talk to a trusted teacher or school counselor about what you should do and how you should move forward with the sitaution. Again a teacher or a school counselor is a mandated reporter as well but they can be really helpful resources in situations like these.
    You're being really strong for yourself and your sister by taking the first step to reach out and ask for help. Continue to be an available source of support for your sister in this difficult time and let her know that she's not alone. You can call us any time at 1-800-Runaway or chat with us live if you have any other questions, need more resources, or just want to talk about what you're going through. We're available 24/7 to listen.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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