The Fighter In Me Essay

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The summer of 2004 I had just turned 13 years old. I was like any other kid my age, always running around with my friends, eating junk, and of course being a kid. I had hit puberty four years earlier at the age of nine. I knew that I would start growing breasts and developing into a young woman. My mom was taking care of my three brothers and I in Minneapolis Minnesota. My father was in Jail at that time and was not involved in our lives that much, he was a recovering drug and alcoholic. My mom married a man we shall call Kevin, Kevin was like a father figure and did things for us that our dad was not able to do at that time. I’ve always had a bad feeling about Kevin, in fact when he proposed to my mom I told them I did not want to be in their wedding, I don’t know if it was because he wasn’t my dad or if it was truly because kids can tell when someone has ill intentions. However, my mom loved Kevin and so that meant we had to love Kevin as well for my mom’s happiness, time went by and Kevin grew on my brothers and I, we loved him like a father. I was starting 8th grade that year, which was the same year it was my mom and Kevin’s one-year marriage anniversary. On that day, I was in a garage with people I thought were my friends. What happened in that garage changed my life. I was raped , I constantly said no, I was terrified at what would happen if I told my mom, what would go through her mind, what would happen to me, what would the other kids think if they found out. That day has been hidden inside me for ten years and not a soul has been told. The next day the brother to the rapist was told that I had a train ran on me, and he wanted to have sex with me. He already passed the age of 18. He was a friend so while everyone else was out doing activities, I was home alone, that is when Carlos came over. My next door neighbor Stacia, Carlos, and myself were all outside laughing and joking around. Carlos said he was thirsty so I gave him a glass of Kool-aide, he drank it all gone, handed me the cup and said he was going home. I said my goodbyes to Stacia because I was going to go in the house; I had to walk all the way around to the front door because we had a back door that automatically locked unless you unlocked it before leaving. As I went to the front of the house, I noticed that Carlos basketball that he came over with was in my front yard, I thought nothing of it and continued to go into the house. When I walked inside Carlos was in there sitting on the couch watching TV. I knew that no one was supposed to be in the house while my parents were gone but I thought I could get away with it, so I closed the door and told Carlos to take his shoes off, I often ask myself why did I not tell him to leave. It is strange that a grown man wants to be around a little thirteen-year-old girl. I thought nothing of it, I had a cat named Kitty Coleman who was so nice to people and barely hissed but when he came across Carlos, he hissed and acted weird. Kitty...

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