Re: Some unfortunate things as a Teenager... READ!
Yes it is hard to know. Internet forums are a very limited medium.
Children can exagerate, but it is not always so. I distinctly recall my mother's hands around my throat as she tried to strangle me. I also recall living with a broken arm, aged 5, for 6 weeks before anyone bothered to take me to a doctor.
My 2 sisters were abused for years.
My brother suffered terribly.
Often escape is a valid option.