57 CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS Rejected: “They may as well have given me away.” “She must not care about me at all.” “Why didn’t he try to protect me?” Trapped: “It feels like there’s no way out.” “No matter what I do, she hits me. I can’t escape.” “I have nowhere else to go - it’s living like this or being homeless.” “I feel like I’m walking on eggshells all of the time.” Helpless: “There’s nothing I can do.” “No one will believe me — I’m just a kid.” “How can I stop him? He’s bigger than me.” “If only I had the money, I’d run away.” Hopeless: “It’s going to go on forever - or get worse and worse.” “I have nothing to look forward to.” “All I do is try to get through each day.” Worthless: “If I was normal, he wouldn’t be doing this to me.” “I’m so stupid - I can’t please anyone.” “No wonder she won’t let me in the house - I’m such a mess.” “I’m ruined forever.” Betrayed: “How can they do this to me?” “He promised me he’d never hit me again - what a liar.” “She loves using drugs more than she loves me.” If you’re feeling any of these things, or even if you just feel confused, talking to a safe adult can help. You can also call a Kids Help Phone counsellor at 1-800-668-6868.