This was an essay assigned by my history teacher to prepare us for the senior project. There is a works cited at the end

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Shrill cries from a small child in the middle of the night. "Ahhh, please daddy don't I'm sorry, daddy I'm so sorry. I'll be good I promise, I love you daddy!" Scared and confused, all she can do is sit there and take the abuse. She's so frighten; she doesn't understand why her daddy hates her so much to hit her so hard. She told him that she loves him, but he still hits her. All he does is yell, "SHUT UP! Why do you make me do this, shut up!" How do you think you would feel? Sitting scared to death, afraid to move, afraid to make him mad. So you sit there in the dark crying ever so quietly. "They cry in the dark, so you can't see their tears, they hide in the light, so you can't see their fears, forgive and forget, all the while, love and pain become one and the same, in the eyes of a wounded child."(Benatar).

BAM! He kicks the door in, "Shut up! Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about!" Later on, a few years down the road, the poor girl was still being abused. She wasn't being abused as much, but still just enough to give her nightmares. She can't seem to get the pictures out of her head, every time she closes her eyes; there he is, beating her. The poor girl begins to try anything she can to just forget, to forget everything, to make the pain just disappear; after all wouldn't you want to do anything in your power just to forget? Since child abuse is such a traumatic

experience, children often suffer from psychological problems that may influence or promote the use of narcotics later on in life.

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