A Project for Better Journalism chapter
Creative Writing

“What happens behind closed doors, too often neither heard or shared”

ThuD! is the sound you hear when you fall running [away] down the stairs.

CraCK! BanG! is the noise your skull makes when it is slammed against your headboard.

NO! Please. is what you scream when your hair gets grabbed, yanking your small and fragile body backwards.

That gasp you hear?

​do you see your arms flailing in front of you?

that is what happens when your feet have lifted off the ground, because those large, calloused hands are still around your neck.

​In those moments… you HAVE to think.

What is your next move?

Author’s note:

​I’m writing about domestic abuse and physical parental discipline