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Old 04-10-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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Question I worried about my safety with my step-brother's anger!

Two years ago, my dad remarried to a woman who has two sons. The oldest isn't too bad but I always knew that the younger one was a spoiled brat. He was 14 at the time, 16 now, and all he has to do is pitch a fit and he gets his way. I always just saw this as a personal problem between him and his mom until he blew up the other night. During a family talk, he was being disrespectful to his mom and my boyfriend pointed this out. They decided to take his phone away for just that night and he went off on them. They sent him upstairs where he was yelling, cussing, screaming for hours. Afterwards, we find out that he has gotten into physcial fights with my dad before. After his episode he was kicked out of the house and they said they were considering sending him to military school. Well today is less than two weeks later and he is back in my house. It's like the whole episode never happened.

I am afraid of what might happen if he gets mad again. I no longer feel safe around him because I know he has punched out walls and stuff so I don't think he'd have any problem hitting me or my younger brother and sister. However, my stepmom for some reason won't do anything about it. It's like since its not happening now it's alright. I am also fearful of what will happen in his future. What happens when he first gets in a fight with his wife or girlfriend, will he turn abusive?

I should mention that he has been to the doctor and was diagnosed with ODD. He was given a medicine that my dad says slows down his heart rate. However, no one makes him take it, so I have no idea if he actually is, and if he is then it apparently isn't working.

Has anyone been around someone like this that knows what should be done?

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Re: I worried about my safety with my step-brother's anger!

I don't think there is anything you can do about this.. If it were me, I would put a lock on my bedroom door. It's up to your stepmom and dad to take the proper steps and until you are able to move out and get a place of your own I'm afraid you have to live in the situation.

I feel bad for you.

Good luck,

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Re: I worried about my safety with my step-brother's anger!

Keep a private record of any incidents of violence. Protect yourself as Sunny suggests. If he touches you, go straight to the police, don't rely on your parents to do anything. Nobody should live under the threat of violence. Good luck, Sera.

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