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Joslynn had a big extended family with step brothers and sisters, step aunts and cousins, grandparents, the whole family tree was full of step relatives. She spent a lot of time with her cousins and step cousins at their house.
On one visit she was watching tv with her step-cousins while the adults were all outside grilling barbecue for dinner - two young girls and an older boy. After watching for a while the two young girls went off to play, leaving her alone with the eldest boy.
He moved closer to her on the couch and then reached over and kind of put his arm around her. It was a little weird, and he started telling her how he thought she was so cool and so beautiful and things like that. Josylynn was only nine years old at the time and this boy was much older than her.
His compliments made her so uncomfortable, and his arm around her too, but she just sat there, not knowing what to do, and simply said, in a weak voice "umm, thanks. I guess."
But that wasn't the most uncomfortable or weirdest part. After a few more strange compliments, he actually leaned in and kissed her - a real kiss - not at all for a nine-year-old. And, being only nine, and being rather shy AND very freaked out, she just sat there. She should have said something, or gone right away to an adult and told them what had just happened, but she was scared, confused, and afraid, and, even though she felt weak about it, she didn't do anything or tell anyone.
Even after she got home, and after some time had passed, still, she didn't tell her mom about it. She couldn't explain quite why, but she felt like if she told her mother that she would be disgusted by it, that she wouldn't love her anymore and that ultimately she would just blame Joslynn for not doing anything about it right then and there when it happened. So, she just kept it to herself, a secret.
But, maybe because she didn't tell her Mom right away, it got harder and harder to find the right time to come clean and let her secret out, and because of that, it continued - that boy kept taking advantage of her in a way that she did not want him to.
The next time she went to her step aunt's house she was playing outside with the younger girls, then went inside to use the bathroom. While she was washing her hands that older boy step cousin stepped into the bathroom. She got anxiety as it got a little scary for her because she didn't feel safe.
He apologized for barging in, BUT, he didn't leave. In fact, he stepped closer to her, too close, and she had to put her hands up and push against his chest, trying to stop him from coming closer, but he just kept pushing into her. She was scared, and told him "No, I don't want to." But he pushed her hands away, told her to relax, that it was okay, that she wouldn't get in trouble.
He closed the door then, and kissed her again, and made her do things with him that she really didn't want to do. But she couldn't stop him, was too scared at that moment. This boy took real advantage of her. This just because one of those true stories she heard about but never wanted to be a part of.
Four years have passed and now Joslynn is thirteen years old. Her mother and stepfather have separated, and so, thankfully, she never has to see those step cousins or that awful boy again.
Even though she was happy that those terrible things were behind her, the guilt and shame and dark feelings were all still there - like somehow the whole thing was her fault and that she would have to be alone with those feelings her whole life.
It was always on her mind though, and so hard to keep secret and buried inside, and so, a few months ago when she was out to lunch with her mother, she decided to tell her mother, to share the secret once and for all. And, even though she was terrified and ashamed and embarrassed, she told her Mom everything that had happened. And her mom supported her in a big way, loving her no matter what. The Me Too Movement and Times Up Movement all address the issues brought forth in this story.
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the same thing happened to me kinda
Story- *I added a boy on snap that one of my other friends on snap were
Friends with....but once I added him and he looked on my story and saw a pic of me and said “dang” and I said “??” He said “hot” and I said “thx? 😬” And he said “send a pic” and I did, I sent a pic of me blocked my face kinda, then he sent a picture he was not cute😂 but he said he was 14 and I told him I’m only 10 and he said “idc” and he said “send more pics” then I sent pictures of me blocking my face again and out of no where he sends a picture of his stomach to show off his “abs” that are not there, so I blocked him but he keeps trying to add me again but I am not adding him beck definitly*
One more thing... If little kids are reading this stuff and are going through something like this...TELL SOMEBODY, a teacher, your mum, your dad... Ask for HELP... You may read over here really hurtful comments, people that say that some acts are not abusive...but they are...kissing, touching unproperly in a way that makes You feel un unconfortable, being watched as You get undressed...there are many ways of being sexualidad abused...not only rape...sometimes, most times, the person Who does this to You is a loved person, your older brother, cousins, your uncle, dad...It can be a woman too,mum, and aunt, and older sister or cousin...and It happens to little boys too, not only little Girls... Please ask for help...the more time You pass with this suffering, the more difficult is to heal...and the consequences of this actd are really really damaging for a Child...even when he or she grows up, help is needed... Just want to help...I Guess that there Will be people Who reads this and dont care at all but If this reaches Someone Who is suffering, that Will be enough reason to feel good about having posted this
I,ve read some comments of people that thinks this is hilarious, exactly with those words...good luck that this didnt happen to You... But karma always comes back, so dont cry when Someone thinks that something that hurts You os hilarious... You,ll Also have kids someday...this CRIME can happen to boys and Girls...Hope if you have kids dont continue thinking its hilarious...
There are a lot of people saying: i would do this i would do that...i would run, or punch him... I dont know if you were abused as children, but i can tell you its not easy for a Nine year old to react un that situación...lets remember that most abuses are perpetrated by brothers fathers cousins... people that the Child LOVE...its s trust violation...very confusive for the Child...
That,s sexual abuse...It has to do with Power...she,s a litle Child, he is a teenager who should know much better...thats pedophilia e and he can continue doing It to other little Girls now and later as an adult...It, s not a funny issue It,s really serious...It doesnt have anything to do with men liking younger woman, It has to do with a person abusing a little cousin...
It,s NEVER NEVER NEVER the Child,s fault...It doesnt Matter how she reacts...she doesnt know, she,s a Child..Lucky the people that hadn,t gone through this...there are bad things in Life but going through this is the most devastating thing for a child
I can relate to this.. I havent told my mom cause i feel like there gunna make a whole deal out of it even tho its been a long time that one of my cousin "sexually abuse me"... id told one my friend about it but i told her not to tell anyone and she didnt... cause we always keep secerets to ourself, but i really wanna tell my mom about this. but at the same time i dont.. I need some advice if i should tell her or not. Even tho this happened when i was 10 ... I mean its been 4 years that this happened to me .. So i need advice if i should tell her or not
My cousin sexually assaulted me when I was 13 in my sleep. I didn’t know what to do. I was so confused. I did not tell for a while because I though my family would get mad! I finally told and things are so much better! I thought it was all my fault! To people who this happened to, I am so sorry! I totally understand how you feel. Remember that it is not your fault because they did it to you. Try to tell because in the long run it will help you and the other person! You are amazing and deserve so much better❤️
And the same thing as you tell your mom that happened to me also it's like the same story but the man said he was like at least like 40 years old and I was embarrassing to tell my mom but I didn't actually tell her and Charles look at least like at 10 or 9 years old I told my mom and we went to the police and the police try to find him every now and they never actually found him
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