Abuse Poems

Abuse Poems

Sad Poems on Abuse

The trauma of abuse is never fully gone from a person's consciousness. Its filthy stain leaves its residue on the soul forever. However, like all bad experiences, it is possible to turn this experience into good by developing compassion and empathy for others who have been through this experience. Many people feel that bringing meaning to a traumatic experience is a path to healing. When I turn a negative experience into a tool that brings meaning into my life and others, I am taking the best kind of revenge on my abuser.

127 Thank You to the Victims who have shared their stories

  1. 1. Abuse

    • By Adri
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    From the mouth of a woman being abused by her spouse, "I wonder if this is how my life will be from now until I die."

    Domestic Violence Poem

    He pulls my hair.
    He slaps my face.
    He kicks me on the floor.

    I love him so much,
    So I don't have the strength
    To walk right out the door.

    There's blood on my face.
    Everything hurts,
    And all I can do is cry.

    I made him mad,
    So this is what he does.
    I wish I knew his reason why.

    My heart won't let me leave him,
    And it hurts too much to try.

    I wonder if this is how my life will be
    From now until I die.

    He says he's sorry.
    He takes me in his arms.
    He even starts to cry.

    I tell him I forgive him
    And that everything is fine.

    For now at least because I know
    It will happen again in time.

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  2. 2. Speechless

    • By Kyra Lee
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007

    I made this because of personal reasons.
    But I love this poem and would like to touch many people's hearts.
    I fight against child abuse!

    Child Abuse Ends In Death

    My name is Sasha.
    My sister is Leigh.
    I am six,
    And she is three.

    Our dad's always mad.
    He screams and he yells.
    I don't think he likes us.
    It's easy to tell.

    Mum's only kind
    When dad's not around,
    And when he is home,
    She hardly makes a sound.

    Mum's always out,
    Never home.
    Dad's always drunk
    And always alone.

    As soon as we hear
    Those jingly keys,
    We run and hide.
    We run and plea.

    We find a place
    And curl up tight.
    I hold her hand
    And she holds mine.

    And soon enough,
    Dad then walks in.
    Don't make a sound; don't say a word.
    I pray inside, deep within.

    But Leigh, she cannot help herself
    For the pain is just too much.
    "Oh God," she yells,
    "Why are you so mean?"

    He doesn't like what she has said
    And beats her even more,
    And with one last hit,
    Hard and strong, he pulls away and watches.

    She takes one last gasp of air,
    Our hands still holding,
    Then falls to the ground where I sat
    And doesn't move a muscle.

    I stare at him ,
    My eyes so blue.
    He looks at me
    And yells, "O you!"

    "How dare you.
    Make me so mad.
    This is all your fault
    Go cry be sad!"

    My name is Sasha.
    My sister is Leigh.
    I am six,
    And my beautiful sister was only three

    That day my Daddy
    Murdered her.
    My best friend,
    She was my world.

    We stuck together
    Through thick and thin,
    But now she's gone.
    I'm lost within.

    When I was six, my sister three.
    My Daddy murdered Leigh.
    Since that day I have not spoke,
    For it's speaking that made her die.

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  3. 3. No Way Out From Sexual Abuse

    • By Louise
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008

    I'm 17 and have been sexually abused for 8 years. It's still not over it completely, and the future doesn't seem too good. So for anyone in my position, please don't feel alone because I know what it feels like. I hope that for every abused child out there everything will be okay. Just don't ever give up the fight because you've done nothing wrong. I just wish someone, somewhere, would try and understand. I know it's hard to be happy...it's the hardest thing in the world. So I wrote this poem to express how I feel. I hope you like it.

    He came into my life
    when I was just a little girl.
    I was happy and young,
    And then he changed my world.

    One night I was in bed,
    And he came to say goodnight,
    except he took a little longer
    before he turned out the light.

    He really hurt me that night,
    and I didn't know what to do.
    I thought it happened to most,
    to every little boy and girl.

    I lay in bed that night
    hurting inside and out.
    Tears streaming down my face,
    I tried hard not to shout out.

    I put that tragic night
    to the back of my head,
    playing games at school;
    there was nothing to be said.

    A year had passed along,
    and then it happened again.
    My mum was out at work;
    it was him and me again.

    I was sat next to him
    just watching the TV
    when he pulled me close to him
    and again molested me.

    I thought it only happened once
    when I had done something bad,
    but now I knew I was wrong.
    I felt alone and sad.

    And 8 years on I got
    the courage to tell someone.
    The police got involved and stuff.
    I was hated by my mum.

    She kicked me out that day
    and stuck right by his side,
    saying I was attention-seeking
    and that it was all lies.

    So in the end it got too much,
    and I told the police I lied.
    Everything went back to normal
    I swear I wish I'd died.

    Everything was going well
    until he sent me those texts
    saying he would kill himself;
    it was all my fault instead.

    So I went back to the police
    and told them it all again.
    He's moved out for now.
    It's investigating time again.

    But my mum still hates me
    and thinks it's all a lie.
    I feel so alone right now.
    I wish I would just die.

    I've told a couple of friends,
    but it's hard for them, you see,
    to put up with something as stupid
    as a teenager like me.

    All I do is mope and cry
    because no one understands
    what I feel inside each day.
    Please, someone take my hand.

    I cut myself sometimes
    when the pain gets too much.
    I hate him for what he did
    and where he used to touch.

    I often think I'll run away
    or step into the road.
    My future seems so black and dim.
    I'm only 17 years old.

    And if the case is dropped,
    he will come back home again,
    and I'll be back to where I began...
    in a world of sadness and pain.

    I hope someone hears my cry
    and says they understand.
    I just don't know what to do anymore.
    I'm scared and on my own.

    So you see, I'm stuck forever.
    I just want to scream and shout,
    but there's something you have to know.
    That for me, there's no way out.

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  4. 4. Living In My World

    • By Tiffany L. Holic
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A heartbreaking story of abuse and neglect.

    Poem From A Child Abused Physically And Emotionally

    Late on the dishes, food still on the plate.
    Mommy is mad; Daddy's home late.
    I'm in the corner crying all alone,
    Wishing to myself get me out of this home.
    I'm always getting beaten, never treated well.
    I'm the one child's whose life's a living hell.
    Thrashes on my back, bruises on my face,
    All because I didn't clean up this place.
    I don't have a bed; cement floor is all I've got
    Cold walls, no blankets, not even a cozy cot.
    Laundry not completed, so no dinner for tonight.
    My family all eating, plainly in sight.
    Raggedy clothes, cold feet I must add.
    I know what you're thinking - you must have been bad.
    But that's not the case, honest to God.
    I'm just a misfit, the odd pea from the pod.
    I was cute in the beginning, a mistake in the end.
    Not allowed to socialize, not allowed to have one friend.
    Daddy doesn't like me; he's mean - it's true.
    He yells mean things at me for anything I do.
    He tells me he'll kill me, that I'm going to hell.
    If anyone asks, he'll tell them I just fell.
    Mommy doesn't say much, well nothing at all.
    I'm not allowed to do anything; I have to lay there when I fall.
    Looking all depressed is what I do best,
    But trying to survive is definitely a big test.
    No child should live the life I have to go by.
    Every child should smile and have no reason to cry.
    Living in my world is definitely not fun
    I guess I'm that *lucky* child, that very *special* one.

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  5. 5. Tears, Tears Go Away

    • By Stephany Manfull
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2013

    I was beaten by my alcoholic father as a child and molested by my uncle. No one knows these things except for a few friends and my journal. I'm depressed, and I cut often to get the pain out. I'd hate to hurt my family, so I try my hardest to stay away from suicide, but I think of it daily...that is the story behind my tears.

    Poem About Reminders Of The Past

    Tears, tears go away.
    Why must you come back almost every day?
    You remind me of my pain.
    You remind me of my past.
    Why can't you go away?
    Just let this happiness last.

    Tears, tears flowing so fast,
    You're telling the story of a child in the past.
    She's stuck with the memory of what has just happened,
    Praying to God one day she won't be broken.

    The bruises, the scars,
    The ones that will never heal.
    She grew up thinking that's how you need to feel.

    This little girl,
    Not sure about life,
    Cut after cut
    Then took her life.

    Tears, tears come as she leaves this world
    "So young, so happy" for all they know.
    Beaten as a child,
    Not loved all her life,
    Backstabbing friends.

    Oh wait that's my life....

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  6. 6. Hush Little Sister

    • By Yerzinia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    I was abused from the age of four by my family, as was my older sister, who died from the abuse. I am now twenty-one, and this poem is what I sometimes wondered about - if she was looking down on me and helping me survive. When I was rescued at the age of twelve, I was encouraged to write down my feelings, and this poem was something I created back then. This is the first time I've shown it to anyone, and I dedicate this poem to my sister, whom I hope is at peace.

    Hush, little sister
    Please don't cry
    I wish I could be there
    To sing you a lullaby

    I can see your arms
    Bloodied and bruised
    That's strange, little sister
    Mine were like that too

    I know you scream
    When Daddy's there
    Hush, little sister
    I know you're scared

    I can see the way
    He's hurting you
    I'm sorry, little sister
    He did that to me too

    I know that people
    Ignore what's going on at home
    That makes me angry, little sister
    You shouldn't have to be alone

    Hey, little sister
    You want to know why I'm not there?
    It's a sad story, little sister
    But people should care

    You see, little sister
    One day Daddy got high
    You were asleep in your crib
    So you didn't hear my cry

    He screamed at me
    And smashed my head against the door
    While you slept, little sister
    I died on the floor

    You know, little sister
    I don't think that I would have died
    If someone had only bothered
    To listen to my cries

    But hush, little sister
    Daddy's coming home
    Quick, get into bed
    You don't want him to find you alone

    I'm sorry little sister
    He's in a bad mood
    Run while you can

    Uh oh little sister
    He's lifting his belt
    Scream while you can, little sister
    Call for help

    Hush little sister
    You don't need to cry
    No one can hurt you
    You're in my arms tonight.

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  7. 7. Sexual Abuse Victim

    • By Tiasha Anderson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    My name is Tiasha and I'm here to tell others my story! I was sexually abused by my mother's ex-boyfriend! I used to be scared to say anything about the rape, but I knew it was best for me to start talking about it! Although I'm scared to be around any male alone, I've decided to let the world know my story!

    Tears are always running down my face.
    I hang my head low thinking, "What a disgrace?"
    The tears are coming from all the damage you caused.
    What do you want now, a round of applause?

    I've watched you rape and molest me right before my eyes
    Now the only thing left to do is cry
    You stole my virginity without my consent
    PLEASE tell me why this is the way it went

    All I wanted was for you to get off of me
    But getting you off of me just wasn't that easy
    You hit me in my face then ripped my shirt
    Then you pushed it in to the point where it hurt

    I remember it like it was yesterday
    Answer this, will I ever forget about this and be okay?
    The thoughts are crucial & all I can do is cry
    Sometimes I just think then ask myself "why didn't I die?"

    The bastard didn't care if I lived or if I died
    All he cared about was being satisfied
    I feel dirty, I feel low, I feel used
    I'll always know that I'm a victim of sexual abuse!

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  8. 8. Returning Faith

    • By Lynette Gutwein
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    I was the victim of domestic violence for 14 years. I am now free and a survivor. Healing takes time. Scars will always remain. Yet I am not held hostage anymore!

    Poem By A Victim And Survivor Of Domestic Violence

    You took away my innocence,
    My hopes, my dreams, my youth.
    You took from me my very soul.
    What could have been, I never knew.

    Your words would cut me deep inside,
    Deep to the very core.
    Darkness. Cold. I could not feel.
    Why did you hate me so?

    You crushed me as I screamed in pain.
    Your words ripped out my heart.
    The world grew dull. I felt insane.
    Did you ever care about that part?

    Is that what you wanted all along?
    "I win!" "You lose!" A game?
    Control, submission, guilt, defeat.
    Yet, I still remain.

    It was for a child that I lived,
    Although I rather would have died.
    Now, how I thank God for that child?
    Because of her, I have survived.

    I will live in spite of you.
    You no longer have a say.
    My life, my body, my mind, my soul,
    You will never again have control.

    Whether in this world or in the next,
    Justice will have a way.
    You hurt me and you almost won,
    But, "You Lost!" I have to say.

    A new dawn breaks of hope and peace,
    Of happiness and grace.
    From me, these things YOU CANNOT TAKE.
    My head held high, I walk by faith!

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  9. 9. Unmasked

    • By Bruk Linn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018

    I was sexually abused by my brother during my childhood. Dividing my inner self from the "me" I show the world has allowed me to rise to success in many areas: social, economic, and academic. Yet, it is this driving force which isolates; it creates a giant wall between myself and the people around me. They think I am beautiful, successful, lucky. The guilt and pain I perpetually endure as a result of the abuse makes me feel as though I am living a double life.

    Exposing My Vulnerabilities

    Don't believe my words;
    they're lies that I fabricate to
    project a perfect life and
    convince you I'm okay.

    Don't trust the smile you see;
    it's a facade to conceal
    searing pain, acute shame,
    sheer heartache.

    Don't get fooled by my laughter;
    it is merely an echo
    of hollow insides, yearning
    for senses to return.

    Don't get convinced by my clarity and order;
    borne in attempt to
    control the chaos
    and pacify the storm brewing inside.

    Don't be blinded by
    The perfection I exude,
    The courage I fake,
    The innocence I feign,
    The confidence I wear-
    For I am broken.

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  10. 10. Trying To Mend A Broken Heart

    • By Rhiannon
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008

    This was written about a guy that I like at school who abuses me. Everything in this poem is real.

    Abuse By Boyfriend Poem

    I talk to him,
    He talks to me.
    My heart, it swells
    And begs to be free.
    Does he know what's become of me?
    He hits and shoves,
    Punches galore.
    I know damn well that it could hurt more.
    I try not to cry and not show the pain,
    But deep down I know he's winning this "game."
    To me, he's perfect but oh so very vain.
    I will never, ever overcome this pain.
    I'm nothing but a punching bag to quench his anger's thirst.
    I grab my arm and limp off to the nurse.
    She asks what's wrong.
    I lie and say I fell.
    Why do I constantly go through with this hell?
    These tears are for him, and that I hope he knows.
    These emotions, this pain... why must it show?
    If I hide it away, I'd be lying to myself.
    He's abusive and cruel,
    And my friends begin to worry.
    They're afraid that he'll cause the death of me.
    It brings me to tears because I know they're right.
    They say, "Step Up!" and tell me to fight!
    I tell them the truth, "I can't."
    It would tear me apart.
    So I walk off to my room and try to mend my broken heart

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  11. 11. Courage To Leave Abusive Relationship

    • By Misty Wildes
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007

    Having the courage to leave an abusive relationship

    From the depths of despair when my world fell apart,
    I felt all alone and heavy in heart.
    My life had been shattered by a tight-fisted hand.
    Who could I turn to; who'd understand?
    So with no self-esteem and in a broken mess,
    I made a decision about my happiness.
    I took all my courage I could find
    To make a stand for myself and leave him behind.
    Those first few months were the loneliest I've been,
    But I knew it was worth it not to be hit again.
    Again in finding myself, I cried a river of tears,
    Learning to love me and facing my fears.

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  12. 12. Daddy's Doll

    I wrote this poem by putting myself in the place of a young lady who shared being a victim of sexual abuse by her own father in a meeting.

    The frigerator is full of beer,
    And the couch is full of crumbs.
    I go to bed and in my head,
    I just know he's going to come.

    For my dear old Dad, has made me sad,
    By playing house with me,
    And you can bet, I can't forget,
    All the things he's done to me.

    For he's robbed me of my purity,
    And he's stripped me of my pride,
    He took from me my virginity,
    And he ruined me inside.

    It makes no sense my innocence,
    Was forced to take a tragic fall.
    I don't know why but I know that I,
    Have become my Daddy's Doll.

    I'm so confused for I've been abused,
    And I don't think he will stop.
    It sounds absurd but If I say a word,
    I know I'll get a pop.

    And I'll have to lie about my eye,
    When it is black and blue.
    I slipped and fell, I hurt like hell,
    But what am I to do?

    It will do more harm if I tell my Mom,
    Because she'll think it's a lie.
    And for a fact, she'll tell me that,
    "Daddy's not that type of guy".

    And because I'm young, I bite my tongue,
    And my tears begin to fall.
    I wonder why I have to cry,
    And be my Daddy' Doll.

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  13. 13. While I Was Bleeding

    • By Tania
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    I have lived to tell a story that is not always told. There is so much more that happened prior to the poem. I was abused for one year and nearly died until one person, "a stranger," helped me escape from this man. I almost lost my life while I was being beat. I wish to write a story about this so that people understand that it's not okay and not safe to stay in an abusive relationship. I went through being homeless to no food, to nothing. I am now an owner of a well-known business and have a five-year-old son whom I love dearly, and he has made me forget my past. Whoever reads this, please leave if you're in a abusive relationship. God bless.

    Don't Stay In An Abusive Relationship

    Where do I begin to explain the beating?
    You watched as I sat there bleeding,
    You never cared about my feelings.
    My hurt had no healing.
    Rape after rape, I knew I had to escape,
    never allowed to look up,
    never allowed to talk.
    You beat me so I couldn't walk.
    I remember the day I almost died.
    You laughed, while I cried.
    You beat me so bad while you cursed out my dad!
    I could never withstand the pain, you are insane!
    You played me like a game..
    This time I win, and you; you have committed a sin.
    When you burn in hell, which time will only tell,
    God will ask you, "Why, why the beating of this woman whom you took to love?
    Did you forget who was watching from above?"
    Remember when I hid under the bed from you, what was I suppose to do?
    You kicked me in my tummy.
    I lost our baby and you thought it was funny.
    You degraded me and put me in dirt.
    You loved to see me hurt.
    Now that I have gotten away through my planned escape,
    I have no more tears or any fears, but the memory will last for years.
    God has blessed me, and now I'm not afraid to see.
    I am brave, brave enough to have a child now,
    brave enough to have found marriage,
    and brave enough to believe in love
    thanks to God above...

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  14. 14. Her Smile (Pantoum)

    This is an example of a pantoum, which is a form of poetry that uses a lot of repeated lines. Too many times I have used my smile to trick people into thinking everything was okay with me, even when it felt like everything inside was falling apart. That is what this poem is about. I tried showing others that I was happy, but there was still something inside of me that continued eating away at that smile.

    Pushing The Pain Aside

    Her smile was visible to all,
    Showing a dark secret
    From an inescapable memory
    Because of the lie she kept telling herself.

    Showing a dark secret,
    The light was dimming
    Because of the lie she kept telling herself.
    She tried to push the pain aside.

    The light was dimming
    From an inescapable memory
    She tried to push the pain aside.
    Her smile was visible to all.

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  15. 15. A Cry For Help

    • By Barbara Green
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2013

    I am a grown woman who has been a victim of child molestation for years. I was raped as a teenager and then gang-raped again as an adult. I have struggled through life as most abused children do, but I am living proof that no matter what we go through in life...... we all have the strength to get through it and past it, if we allow ourselves to.

    Poem About the Effects of Child Abuse

    A child so small
    so vulnerable and weak
    helpless, powerless
    not allowed to speak.
    Lying awake in bed
    knowing he'll soon appear
    Frightened and trapped
    living a torturous nightmare.
    Body is shaking
    trembling within
    preparing for
    the terrible acts of sin.
    Left all alone
    with no one in sight
    The abused child cries silently
    all through the night.

    How does one heal
    from such a horrible crime?
    The scars, the damage
    lasts a lifetime.
    Emotionally I struggle
    to make it through
    Not knowing why
    I feel and act the way I do.
    The tragedy is over
    but the turmoil is still there
    I wonder, if my outbursts
    is a way to see if anyone cares.
    Please! God help me
    I cry out
    with so much anguish
    fear and doubt.

    Poem About the Effects of Child Abuse, A Cry For Help

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  16. 16. The Unknown Murder

    • By Samantha Jay
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018

    I am 15. I have been raped from when I was 5 years old to the day I turned 14 by my grandfather. I have been working on making my victim impact statement for court, and when I had to describe what this rape felt like.. all I could think of was murder. So this poem is a comparison between rape and murder. And in a way, he did murder me. He ruined the real me. The old me. The me that wasn't shy, that didn't have anxiety, was always happy... but now she is gone and nobody knew for years.

    Poem About How Abuse Feels On The Inside

    There once was a murder,
    But this one has a twist.
    The victim was my innocence,
    Stolen through his fist.

    It wasn't a normal crime scene,
    There was no blood or gore.
    Because this one was my body,
    While I layed down on the floor.

    The only evidence left,
    Were his fingerprints on my soul.
    I tried to scrub them off,
    But he ruined me as a whole.

    There were no witnesses,
    Besides my two very own eyes.
    But they never really saw that well,
    They couldn't even see through his lies.

    Just like most murders,
    There were many tears shed.
    Though they weren't from my family,
    But from me instead.

    He didn't leave any clues,
    There was not a single trace.
    Except for the memories inside me,
    Which I can never erase.

    The police never found my body,
    Because it's still around.
    I'm a prisoner in my own skin,
    I'm lost and can't be found.

    There was only one weapon,
    It was an extension of him.
    And as he attacked me with it,
    My heart became so grim.

    This wasn't a normal murder,
    Oh, why can't they see?
    The girl inside my body,
    Is no longer me.

    There never was a funeral,
    Because no one knew I died.
    I guess that's just what happens,
    When you keep it all inside.

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  17. 17. Black And Blue

    • By J.D
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    It shouldn't hurt to be a child. 7 simple words that mean more than anyone can ever imagine unless they have personally felt the heartache and pain that child abuse brings. Myself, I cannot imagine because I have not felt it, but I have witnessed it. I've seen the tears, the pain, the anger, the betrayal...everything...it's something I'll never forget. I wrote this poem so more people will realize that abuse is there, even if they can't see it.

    Sitting alone under the night sky so black,
    Nobody knows what she's holding back,
    Pulling her sleeves past the black and blue,
    Once these bruises fade they'll come back anew.

    Looking up at the stars so high,
    Sometimes she wishes she could melt into the sky,
    Out of her eye drops a single tear,
    As she realizes she has to face her worst fear.

    At the thought of home she shutters,
    And a prayer for help she mutters,
    Her angry father's face shakes in her head,
    And her broken heart fills with dread.

    The front door creaks as she steps inside,
    Jumping over beer bottles she runs to hide,
    Sliding under her bed she tries not to make a sound,
    Too late: the floor creaks as she touches the ground.

    She tries to hold back the tears, he hits her harder when she cries,
    But they slip out as the heavy steps get closer, she's terrified,
    The door slams open, the pain is about to come,
    Her dad's clothes smell like smoke and rum.

    He lifts her up by a chunk of her hair,
    Taking the first punch he begins to swear,
    She cries for help, but it's to late,
    He won't stop till he's got out all the hate.

    A daily routine, but tonight it's not the same,
    Tonight the end of the beating never came,
    A few hours later the ambulance arrives,
    Her life is over at the age of 5.

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    That poem very much ought to be published. Very heart wrenching. I am 53 yrs old. A man from a very abusive father. But I have 2 daughters and never ever laid a hand on either of them. ...

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  18. 18. I Have A Secret

    • By Ciara Coper
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2007

    A Daughter shares her story of abuse at the hands of her Mother

    Mother is there when I get home from school,
    I'm happy there, hyper and playing the fool.
    But as I pull on the handle and turn the key,
    I feel a sense of dread and fear fill me.
    I have a secret, a dark one,
    A secret I've never told anyone.
    Everyday when I come home,
    Mother waits till I'm alone,
    Then she'll hit me with a spoon or shoe,
    Till I bleed, till I'm black and blue.
    Dad left us when I was three,
    Since then all she's done is blame it on me.
    I'm ugly, stupid, tarty, and fat,
    It was my fault he left us, "You hear that you brat?!",
    With a duck and a dive, I sometimes manage to swerve,
    But I know in the end I'm going to, "Get what I deserve".
    Hospital a few times, "I was playing with my brother",
    It's one lame excuse after another.
    One of these days, I'm going to break free,
    One of these days, I'll be truly happy.

    But until then I tell no one,
    I have a secret,
    I'm not telling anyone.

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  19. 19. Surviving You

    • By Rebecca
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009

    I am now 18 and trying to get my head around what was done to me. I suffered abuse at the hands of my cousin who scared me into silence even to this day.

    Tell me what I did to make you treat me so cheaply,
    What did I do to make you so angry and make you beat me,
    You could see I was broken up inside and you just threw me around,
    You left me lying dazed on the ground,
    I did not dare to meet your eyes but prayed you would see what you had done,
    You picked me up and told me we'd have some fun,
    A lump lodged uneasily in my throat my eyes glistening with tears,
    My tiny body exhausted yet knowing the worst was near,
    I wanted to scream and fight you and run for the door,
    You broke me you wore me down but still wanted more,
    Same routine making me incapable of movement that part done hastily,
    Bit by bit ripping my dignity,
    You left me on the bed shaking and broken,
    I'd prayed someone would come please let someone have woken,
    I would lay and go to a place where when I gave a cry for help someone would come,
    And where people don't hurt people who love them for fun,
    I'd talk to my friends who'd come and rescue me from the pain,
    Who'd put their arm around me and take me to places where I have smiles that I do not feign,
    In my dreams they would hold me when I cried,
    They would be there to take me to a place where the angels sang lullabies ,
    They'd take me to a place little girls didn't feel fear,
    Where I would never have to cry or even shed a tear,
    I was sad because I could never stay,
    They promised I'd be with them there one day,
    My friends have always been apart of me and always will,
    They gave me hope that I can climb this painful everlasting hill,
    My friends were my imagination I know that now,
    And how they helped me survive I don't know how,
    You killed my spirit you damaged my soul,
    My foundations my very childhood you trampled on and stole,
    I wanted to mean something and but I know I'm not worth much,
    I wanted a loving role model not your painful touch,
    Everything that happened and seeing your face all the time
    I can pretend I can get over and that I don't care,
    But surviving all this is just the beginning of a long and endless nightmare...

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  20. 20. Sorry Daddy

    • By Keri L. Exsterstein
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    This poem tells a sad story of a little girl who is abused by her father but is convinced it is because she has done wrong. When the doctor's ask her where she got the bruises she tells them she did it to herself.

    Poem About Physical Abuse From Father

    You call me names,
    You curse me out,
    When I make you mad,
    You scream and shout,
    I know you love me,
    and I know you care,
    there's times when you show it,
    but those times are rare,
    I hardly get to see you,
    but the times that I do,
    You're either drunk or high,
    but Daddy.. I still love you,
    You hit me a lot,
    but it's because I do you wrong,
    I must do you wrong plenty,
    since these bruises stay for so long
    I keep my feelings
    locked up inside,
    the bruises and scars,
    I try to hide,
    When the doctor asked,
    who gave these bruises to me
    I didn't tell them it was you Daddy
    I told them it was me,
    I don't know if they believed me,
    but they put this needle in my arm, Daddy I pray that when I'm gone they will do you no harm,
    Daddy I'm getting scared,
    I look around
    and you're no where to be found
    as I take my very last breath,
    I go peacefully, without you, to my death.

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