The Boogeyman and the Threat.

“This is our secret.”

This is the sentence I will never forget. And this is when I knew that what was happening was wrong. That it wasn’t normal.

Why did it need to be a secret?

“You don’t want your family to get hurt, right?”

Okay, so, if I told anyone about our secret, there is a chance that my family would have been hurt.

I was being threatened.

Something was very wrong.

And so I did what any young person would do: I kept quiet. For months, I was quiet. I had to be smart and make sure my family was not hurt. So instead, I got hurt.

Yes, I was scared. But it slowly started to become my normal. Some days were good. Some days were not.

And so I complied. I didn’t know any better.

“Good girl”.

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