New Step-Dad getting too close, I’m scared.
It has been 2 months and I’m suffering and this happened on the day of when the Eagles won their first super bowl in history. My mom just got married to my step dad a few months ago and I live with them. That day my mom was drinking because we were excited about the game and my step dad was drinking too. I was just hearing music and watching the game at the same time after my mom was going to the bathroom. My step dad was talking with me. I still had my headphone in one ear I could hear though. He was talking to me. I thought he was trying play around and say yeah watch your mom fall sleep so I said yeah and gave him thumb up.
Anyway this is too of a long story so give you a short one. My step dad tried to have sex with me and even bribed me with $200 dollars and instead of talking with me he texted me because my mom was sleeping in the other room. He did touch me and almost kiss me 2 times. I scared him and told him to stop bothering me or I will tell family he said, “No don’t, I’m sorry”. That is when he stopped and acted like nothing happened. I told family but they really aren’t doing anything. What should I do? I am also 12.
- You are so brave to reach out and share your story! It shows such strength to talk about what you have been through.
- Suffering with the aftermath of what happened is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of. Please seek out a trusted adult who will listen to you and help keep you safe. It is not okay for an adult to make these advances on you. You have the right to feel safe and secure in your own house.
- Telling your family so quickly is wonderful and shows your intelligence and bravery. It is important that you keep telling people. If someone you tell does not take action to help you be safe in the house, you must tell another adult until there is someone who will take action. This is very concerning and if something does not happen to prevent this in the future, you may be managing the same situation or even something else worse.
- In addition, it is important to report this behavior because this will allow others to be safe as well. Adults who make sexual advances on underage children are breaking the law and are unsafe in the community. It is important to keep our community safe, too.
- If you feel comfortable doing so, you can consider reaching out to a trusted friend or teacher. Support during this time is very important.
- Think about looking into the ‘Learn’ and ‘Tool’ tabs on Teen Central for resources to talk to during this emotional time.
- Please remember self-care if you can, put yourself first. Journaling your thoughts, feelings and actions during this time can be therapeutic.
- If you are feeling unsafe in your home, consider finding a safe place to go to with trusted friends or support systems. Your safety and well-being must come first.