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From the U.S.: I’m 15 and it’s my first time asking here so do please tell me if I need to fix this. I would’ve liked it private though. So anyway, I’m not sure if I could say I was molested as a child. My sister would rarely touch me, but she would make me touch her down there and do stuff a lot more. It stopped when she started puberty so when she was 11 or 12 (we’re 5 years apart so around 7-ish for me) so my first question is: Was I touched/or a victim of such as a child? Now it inwardly kills me thinking about it. I feel disgusting and I am constantly scared that I’m am not a virgin (raised catholic).

In my head voices my voice tells me either to hurt or hurt someone else. So I end up cutting myself, so I don’t hurt my family. I scratch myself until I bleed or have bruises. I sometimes am just not here when I’m angry or too worn out. But I hear if I have a fight or convo like it’s someone having it next to me instead of with me. I think a lot about dying and sometimes suicide. But I haven’t done it. I love my Mom too much to make her cry.

I’ve also been depressed for sometime. When my family or anyone at that makes a comment about me either joking or serious I feel like crying because I already have self-esteem issues. I don’t let the kids in my house see that I am, so I pretend I’m fine. I dwell a lot on my past I hate it with a passion and I’m ashamed of it even the little things. My 2nd question am I okay? I’m not insane right? My family has a history has history of depression and some other stuff. Thank you for reading. And sorry for taking up your time.

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Because you are troubled doesn’t mean you are insane. Questions like yours are complicated. Generally, when someone tells me that a kid under 12 was molesting a younger kid, I’m concerned about both. I’m concerned about the younger child because she was touched inappropriately by someone she trusted and loved. I’m concerned about the older child because kids generally don’t know about sexual behavior at that age unless someone older was molesting them. If that’s the case with you and your sister, you were both victims of someone who hurt your sister, who then acted out her confusion by hurting you. Looking back, it’s fair to guess that she is as troubled as you are.

For that reason, I hope you will scrape up some courage and have an honest talk with your sister. Let her know that you know that what was going on was messed up but that you also understand that she was a kid too. See what she has to say about it. She has been carrying this secret too. It may be a relief to her to have the chance to talk about it. Or not. But you won’t know unless you try.

An honest conversation is a much healthier way to deal with your pain than cutting or hurting yourself. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get some closure on your past so you can turn your attention to your present and future. If you and your sister have difficulty talking things through, please consider seeing a therapist to help the two of you. It’s possible that the two of you can be an enormous support for each other but you don’t know how. A therapist can help you get to a new place with each other.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Different Stuff. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 May 2018 (Originally: 22 Dec 2014)
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