Originally Posted by wy yung
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.
While you have my sympathies and your story is touching through it's personal manner, it is probably not the most relevant example to this case. Not to undermine the pain you went through or the reality of terrible parenting, even less extreme cases can leave severe mental scars, it is worth remembering that adolescent minds are highly impressionable. You wouldn't want to insinuate a comparison between what you went through and having a paranoid father freaking out due to the media.