S: Battle By Samantha M. Stanley
FC: Battle A story of a boy's struggle to rise above his circumstances. By: Sam Stanley
1: Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.
2: Ken's life is a far cry from the life of a typical teenager. Ken has led a very transient lifestyle. He has lived in many states and has attended many schools. He has lived with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends. He even lived in a homeless shelter for a time.
5: His father and brother are both currently incarcerated in prison. His father is in jail as a repeat offender for driving while intoxicated. He also was caught selling Acid. He has only met his father a few times and he only remembers being scared of him. His brother is in jail for possession of drugs. He used to play football and had good grades, but turned to drugs after graduation.
6: When Ken was younger he was molested on three different occasions. Both by relatives and family friends. He was abused by his father, mother, and several of her boyfriends.
8: While in his early childhood he heard his mother screaming his name from the back room of their trailer. He went back to find his mother's boyfriend forcing himself upon her. He grabbed a baseball bat and hit him repeatedly until his mother was free.
11: Ken stood by as his mother took massive amounts of pills. He also watched her shoot up. His mother went to the hospital twice after becoming very ill. He said it was one of the scariest times in his life because he didn't know who would take care of him.
12: Ken ended up with his grandparents after awhile. Eventually they too kicked him out. Ken attended Youth Opportunities Center (YOC) in Muncie. He claims that this is where his life began to turn around. He was there for two years and four months. He received counseling and support. The people at YOC helped him discover the real him and made him feel accepted.
13: This is where Ken was able to openly discuss the possibility that he might be homosexual.
14: At first Ken claimed he was bisexual because he felt that being bisexual was more socially acceptable. Eventually he realized he was just During Ken's junior year of High School he grew his hair out long and began dressing as a woman. He wore dresses and had begun taking estrogen. He even wore women's undergarments. He felt that by dressing as a woman he would be more accepted as a result of his sexual preference.
16: Instead he was bullied by many and received no backing from his principals. One day when he wore a dress to school the principal made him sit in the office all day long. Ken became bitter over the issue of how they treated him and how few restrictions they placed on females who wished to dress as men. Under the recent principal the system is much more accepting, but he has also stopped wearing women's clothing.
18: Sometimes he feels like no one else understands his situation. At times he feels very isolated due to the close mindedness of his peers, school, and community. He also feels like he is missing out on important rights of passage as a teen. He has yet to get his learners permit and he is unsure if either of his parents will attend his graduation.
20: Ken has now joined the track team and has gained acceptability in his community and amongst his peers. He is bullied less frequently now and is now on his way to graduating. He hopes to graduate this year, but is unsure if that will be a possibility. He hopes to go to college next year where he can study to become either a dentist or a psychologist.
22: Differences My Family My Education My Travels
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