Dear Michaela, you have been through a great deal. I’m sorry that you’ve had such a very tough life. However, I would consider you a great picture of resiliency. You’ve survived an eating disorder, injury, abuse, losing your mother, bullying, and you are now potentially pregnant. Despite all of that, you have endured and continue to manage a difficult set of life circumstances.
What your stepfather has done to you is wrong and illegal. The rape and molestation should be reported to the police. You should report him to the authorities. Another option is to call child protective services. If you alert the authorities, in all likelihood he will be arrested.
He deserves to be arrested.
There is never an excuse for raping your stepdaughter.
Anyone violating the innocence of a child should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
I would also urge you to tell your grandparents. They need to know what your stepfather has been doing to you.
You should also report the abuse to a school guidance counselor who will take immediate action. You should also ask the school guidance counselor to assist you in accessing mental health treatment. The more support that you have at this time, the better. You need all the support you can get.
Reporting your stepfather to the authorities might not be easy but it’s the right thing to do. You will have to do it sooner or later, especially if you are pregnant. Your family is going to inquire about the father. If you need additional advice, please don’t hesitate to write again. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog