Parental abuse is real

Parental abuse is an under-reported reality. Parental abuse is when people act beyond normal family conflicts by being verbally, emotionally or physically aggressive towards their parents, as an attempt to control or bully parents.

As much as incidents of parental abuse are common, parents do not usually talk about it openly because they either feel embarrassed, scared or even protective towards their abusive children. Below are some examples of the lives of abused parents:

Case 1- Kedibonye*is the mother of a 16 year old boy, named Boiki*. Boiki’s parents divorced when he was eight-years- old and his mother was given primary custody of the child. His father has since married another woman and has two other children with her, while his mother got married to another man, with whom she has a four year old son. Boiki’s father usually makes arrangements to take Boiki and his half siblings out for dinner whenever they miss each other. Although his father has never stopped supporting him financially, Boiki cannot help envying the day to day lifestyle his two younger half-siblings have with their father. His father is evidently more financially stable than his mother and her current husband.

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