One night, she again told me, “No wonder you don’t have any friends.” I repeated the line, mocking her. I certainly wasn’t the only kid who ever mocked her. She ended up smacking me so many times she gave me a black eye. She also pulled chunks of hair out from my head.
Horrific ! So sorry your self assertion was attacked in this ugly way, but look at you - you have arisen to write and enlighten others similarly gaslighted, like myself !