In this episode, I chat with Justice about the physical and then sexual abuse she endured by her step-dad. Justice tells how they got out of the situation and the repercussions of not getting help when she needed it.*
When Justice was a young child, her and her siblings were mostly in the care of their grandparents because their mom was struggling with drug addiction. They did not have a father. When Justice was about 5, her mom got married. She said, like Sharde, for a while, everything was good and he was nice. Unfortunately, the niceness was short-lived. The step-dad began physically abusing Justice, as well as her older brother and sister. Not long after the physical abuse started, so did the sexual abuse. Justice was the only one that suffered the sexual abuse.
One year at Christmas time, Justice’s mom had made him mad, so he took all of the money and wouldn’t let the kids have Christmas. Unfortunately for the children, their mom had to break the news to them that Santa wasn’t real and that they weren’t getting anything that year because she had no money.
A couple years later, Justice’s mom had finally had enough. She packed as much stuff as she could and moved the kids 2.5 hours away. Justice said it was a huge culture shock going from the city to a small town where “people grew corn in their front yard.” Justice started middle school and began smoking pot, as well as drinking. One day, she told her mom about the sexual abuse and nothing happened. Justice said she felt a little better because someone finally knew, but holds resentment against her mom for not calling the cops or getting her the help that she needed as a child.
We talk about all of the trauma that she still faces to this day, as an adult, and what she is doing about it.
Listen to the full episode to hear all the details.
*Please note: this is the guest’s story. Their story is how they perceive it. It is not my judgement or responsibility to determine whether or not this story and the things said are true. Please be open minded when listening to/reading these stories.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
-If you know someone is being abused, it needs to be reported! You can remain anonymous. You can report abuse to your local authorities or to this hotline.
-You can only suppress things for so long before they really start messing with your life.
LINKS TO THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
-If you or someone you know is being abused, PLEASE REPORT IT! Contact your local authorities or reach out to a hotline.
-Justice’s favorite book: Crank trilogy by Ellen Hopkins (I also HIGHLY recommend all of Ellen’s books.)
-Justice’s song recommendation: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (listen on the Hard Knocks guest list on Spotify)
-Ending song: Epiphany by Staind (listen on the Hard Knocks playlist on Spotify)
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won and the fears you have overcome.
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