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Mel

It wasn’t until we got to the shelter that I started to realize the… the impact everything had had on me. I guess ‘cause it was physically happening to me, not them, I just didn’t realize. Aisha was like, not quite eight at the time, and she’d be cooking tea and getting the baby’s bottle, and nappies and that and basically keeping the three kids sorted and out of his way. She’s dead serious for ten year old and brave and… He just explodes all the time. He gets real resentful of me. I feel that he thinks that I wasn’t there for him and he takes it out on me and the other two. He gets real violent towards his sister and he gets in my face too, screaming. Saying things like, “fat bitch!” (laughs tearfully) and I think… ‘Oh my God….!’ It’s my Ex all over again.