I’m considering reporting my mother’s abuse. The other day she gave me a lot of scratches on my arm. For the first time in 17 years I have physical proof. But I’m scared. I’m scared of going up to the health office and having them claim it’s just a cat scratch, or that I did it myself because I’m bratty white trash, or having the police go to my house and having my mom assert the same things. Or even that it was accidental, or so minor that it’s not worth investigating. I’m afraid they won’t believe me. And I’m afraid I might tear the family apart if they do. I want help, and I’m sick of people telling me to wait until I’m 18, I can’t wait anymore, especially since I know I won’t have the means to move out. I can’t have my dad keep ignoring what’s going on hoping that it’ll get better, and I can’t be constantly watched and bullied for doing the wrong thing, I can’t do it anymore. But I don’t know if I can do this.