My father was in prison for about 10 years when I was younger. I still remember how happy I was to have my dad back after he was released. I thought he was going to come home and everything was going to be great, but that wasn’t the case. Soon after his return he started touching me in places I knew he shouldn’t. The first time it happened I thought it was only a nightmare and there was no way that this could really be happening, but then it happened again. My mom came back into the picture shortly after and I thought everything would stop; that she would make it all better, but it didn’t stop. I didn’t want to say anything because I thought I would loose the one thing I always wanted: a family.
Later I learned that my father had molested and raped my little sister as well. I blamed myself and still do because I wasn’t there to protect her. Thankfully we are safe now even though things got really bad. I hate him for what he did to my family but I am glad that I reported him. I want any girl who this has happened to and who hasn’t reported it because they’re afraid to break up their family, don’t be. That is not what a family is and no girl deserves that; a father should be the one man every girl can trust. You’re not alone and don’t be afraid to tell someone. You won’t regret it!