Charlette: When I was young, my mom was an alcoholic and she had a bunch of abusive boyfriends. She would get drunk and forget that I was with her in a liquor house, and a lot of her boyfriends would molest me. One particular boyfriend that I told her about molesting me, shot my mom, in front of me, with a twelve gauge shotgun. Blew her leg off. I was nine and a half years old.
BW: Why did he do it?
Charlette: Because he didn’t want her to go to another liquor house, next door and because she had gotten on to him about molesting me.
Catch this… she testified at his trial on his behalf and he didn’t get but five years. He came out after doing two and a half, stayed with her for six months, and he couldn’t handle her leg being blown off and her being handicapped, so he left.
My mom never recovered. She became worser and worser of an alcoholic. I ended up in foster care and she died at age 42 of cancer.
BW: Do you forgive your mom?
I do… she also abused me as a child. When she lost her leg, she took it out on me. That was one of the reasons they put me in a foster home. The only thing I have from my mother is her teeth prints.
BW: She bit you?
Charlette: Yes she bit me. She threw bottles at me and cut me in the head. She used to lock me in a room. When her alcoholism got real bad, all of her friends left her and I was the only one for her to take her anger out on.
BW: I’m really sorry that happened.