Dear Straight Talk: I have an incredibly bad relationship with my parents. Many tell me to call Child Protective Services. However, a friend taken from her drug-addicted mom says foster care was horrible and that I shouldn’t do it. Since sixth grade, my dad has hit me multiple times. My mom has hit me and has grabbed my neck and shoved me against a wall. They say I won’t make it anywhere in life. They penalize me for my body size, for not getting perfect straight A’s and not pursuing their dream. My younger sister (14) sees it all, but has never been a victim. My older brother, who received similar treatment for not being perfect, thinks I should stick it out as I only have two more years. I need guidance. I’m honestly terrified living at home.
— Scared Teen with Big Dreams
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