My name is Madelyn Mae Stratton, but I go by Maddy. I'm 16 years old, but I feel like 70. I am 1 out of 8 kids, and have never known the attention of my parents. I have went through many, many years of abuse in my family, and have always been told that I am worthless. That I am ugly. That I am nothing.
And I am tired of it.
I know I am beautiful, but every time I hear it, I think of my old situations, and my self-esteem plummets. Luckily, I am not in that situation anymore and I am trying to learn to move past it.
Seeing so many other girls, who are clearly just drop dead beautiful, think so low of themselves and think they have to settle, that they deserve to be abused... It makes me so upset. To think that us ladies get put down by men all the time, just to turn around and put each other down...
I was bullied from the time I was 12, up until I was 15 years old. Not just by my peers in school, but from my siblings, and my own parents. Then, I left my situation completely. Back in January, I went to military school in Knightstown, Indiana, and it changed my life completely. I was top of my class, and received the Iron Man Physical Fitness Award, an award that goes to the most physically accomplished cadet, and that includes the boys.
If you couldn't tell, I am very much a feminist. I believe that women are so strong and deserve a better place in the world than just being seen as objects. We should embrace our beauty and shouldn't have to wear certain things because men might find it 'distracting.' It's just not right.
I plan to go into the Air Force, and work my absolute hardest, becoming stronger and stronger, because, no matter how much abuse I have endured, no matter how many times I get pushed down, I will always get back up again.