My "Perfect" Dad Wasn't Who I Thought He Was

  • Published: 04 June 2019
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    Zion grew up and lived in the south side of Chicago with her mom and her dad, her two sisters, and her brother. At first, they were all a happy family - walking to school together, and enjoying it, coming home to eat dinner with their parents - and everything seemed normal, like a normal family.

    Her dad had always been an ideal father - the perfect dad, doing all sorts of fun things together, regular father-daughter activities, and it was perfect - until it wasn't. One day Zion came home from school and her dad was with his friends and they were drinking and smoking and acting weird. It stressed her out and made her really anxious, this wasn't the dad she knew at all. Already she was telling herself, my perfect dad wasn't who I thought he was.

    A few weeks later he was playing a video game when Zion came in. He said it was for kids so she sat down with him on the couch to watch him play, but she found out right away that it wasn't appropriate for kids at all. He saw that she was upset by it and he told her not to tell mom or she'd be in a lot of trouble. So, she kept her mouth shut.

    He was obsessed with that dirty video game, and he would always make Zion and her brother watch. One day, he made her and her brother take a bath together, and he tried to push them closer and closer together when they were in there - but Zion said NO - she wouldn't allow that, knew it was wrong. This was not the dad she had known and loved her whole life, this was someone mean and evil, a bad dad.

    She tried to do the right thing and tell her Mom what was going on and what had happened but he got to her first and made up a bunch of stuff that ended up getting Zion into a bunch of trouble. And things went downhill from there. A few weeks later, her dad made her watch things on the internet that she knew she was not old enough to be watching. It made her so stressed, and sad, anxious and shaky inside. Mostly though, it made her scared.

    He tried to hurt her when her Mom was out, and he would do things to her that he was not supposed to be doing. He was supposed to protect her, and her innocence, but he was doing the exact opposite. He was doing the kinds of mean and evil bad things that can get you thrown into jail for a lifetime.

    But still, Zion felt like she couldn't say anything, that she would get in trouble again, or worse, and she was scared of him now, scared of her own father. But, finally one day he left them all alone and went to work, and she built her courage up and went to her mother and told her mom what happened, and what had been going on. Her mom was shocked, and angry, and she confronted Zion's dad, and he admitted it all, said it was true and that he was ashamed of himself.

    Her mom was going to call the police but he threatened her too, threatened to take away the kids and he was abusive and dangerous and she knew that. But, her Mom did take her and her brother to the doctor to make sure that they were both okay, and at the doctor's office the truth all came out. There was no way, and no good reason, to keep it a secret. The doctors were shocked as well, and they had to call the police.

    After the report was made, the police went to the house and took Zion's Dad away, and then to court where her mother had to testify against her own father, and he was found guilty. He was sent to jail, which is where he belongs.

    Zion and her mom and sisters and brother had to live with their grandparents, and after counselling and transferring to a new school, life has gotten much better. And with her mean and evil bad dad behind bars, and her mom now a single mom, much safer for her and her family too.

    Zion's message to anyone who is going through something is to stand up for yourself, to tell someone, and to never believe something is okay when you know inside that it is not!

    These are the kinds of true scary stories that need to be heard so that others like Zion can do the right things and seek a trusted adult to tell.


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Comments • 7 235

  • Helen Struthers
    Helen Struthers  2 days back

    How many people want to guess that the game was gta5

    • Chocomg456
      Chocomg456  2 days back

      *I need to kill him WHERE IS HE*

      • pherrel mansaray
        pherrel mansaray  2 days back


        • clementine jube
          clementine jube  2 days back

          Perfect mean with " that not perfect

          • RodeeJayCuyno Flores
            RodeeJayCuyno Flores  2 days back

            RODEE : HEY ZION'S BULLY
            ZION'S BULLY : YES
            🔫 : BANG

            • Funny ;w; Honey
              Funny ;w; Honey  2 days back

              And this is why im so aware around my surroundings,even if it is my family, friends, or random people.

              • Rukia Kuchiki
                Rukia Kuchiki  2 days back

                My own dad wouldn't do this

                • gcsjeff
                  gcsjeff  3 days back


                  • Popborn
                    Popborn  3 days back

                    When ever I skip all I see is crys

                    • Abdul naseer
                      Abdul naseer  3 days back

                      *”He made me watch things i wasn’t supposed to watch”*

                      Me: *LIKE WUT?!*

                      • Why Do I Even Exist?
                        Why Do I Even Exist?  3 days back

                        Her: *does dis vid*
                        Meh: yellow 911 ive detected a son of a bi- dad pls come thank u :)

                        • Lydia Tarkesh
                          Lydia Tarkesh  3 days back

                          I WANT TO CRYYY

                          • ScarlettPlayz10236
                            ScarlettPlayz10236  3 days back


                            • Alberta Cookie
                              Alberta Cookie  4 days back

                              If my dad was playing mature games i wouldn't care because i play GTA, FALLOUT AND MINECRAFT THOSE ARE MATURE GAMES

                              • little life
                                little life  4 days back

                                That's have happened to me and now I have moved a away from my parents bc they would abuse me me and make me watch things but I didn't want to watch and I have posted all down my back and my chest and now I am in a better place and if u are scared and that is u tell some one about it xx😘❤

                                • DMari King
                                  DMari King  4 days back

                                  He is going to get wrep in jail

                                  • april s
                                    april s  5 days back

                                    That was me once in my life!!!! 😭😭😭😭

                                    • Hannah ?
                                      Hannah ?  6 days back

                                      I feels so sad for you but atleast he can't do anything to you and that means you can carry on with life knowing if he ever touches you he will be put in jail!

                                      But just to let you know don't let folk get you down cause you all are beautiful in your own way 🤗💚💘

                                      • kid A.H.I
                                        kid A.H.I  7 days back

                                        This is how many years her "dad" needs to stay in prison!

                                        I mean, forever basically

                                        • Yu Bully me
                                          Yu Bully me  7 days back

                                          The worst part is that my country allows child abuse

                                          • Edgy Muffs
                                            Edgy Muffs  6 days back

                                            What country are you from?

                                        • Hussein Dirie
                                          Hussein Dirie  1 weeks back


                                          • Bella Lynn
                                            Bella Lynn  1 weeks back

                                            poor bbyyy

                                            • Jaiden Fobbs
                                              Jaiden Fobbs  1 weeks back

                                              Oh man I’m gonna cry of this video because of my dad

                                              • Ivon Guadalupe
                                                Ivon Guadalupe  1 weeks back

                                                I’m sorry for you

                                                • Andrea Smith
                                                  Andrea Smith  1 weeks back

                                                  Don't be afraid,tell someone that you trust

                                                  • caleb animations
                                                    caleb animations  1 weeks back

                                                    He was playing gta

                                                    • Jay Turtleson
                                                      Jay Turtleson  1 weeks back

                                                      GRAND THEFT AUTO???

                                                      • Charlene Channel
                                                        Charlene Channel  1 weeks back

                                                        I have the same problem now

                                                        • Lol l
                                                          Lol l  1 weeks back

                                                          Was he playing duke nukem forever

                                                          • cool Cris 2nd channel
                                                            cool Cris 2nd channel  1 weeks back

                                                            Gta 5

                                                            • Lany Manivanh
                                                              Lany Manivanh  1 weeks back

                                                              I wasn't abuse well my dad has to be harsh on me and my brother because he wanted to be strong like John Cena the strongest man in the universe

                                                              • Gwen Metheny
                                                                Gwen Metheny  1 weeks back

                                                                My dad wasn't who I thought he was..

                                                                HE WAS JOHN CENA!!!!

                                                              • Ismael Razo Vidal
                                                                Ismael Razo Vidal  1 weeks back

                                                                bad choice

                                                                • THE XX SWAG XX dhindsa
                                                                  THE XX SWAG XX dhindsa  2 weeks back

                                                                  *Ladies and Gentalmen we got him*

                                                                  • jj Chan
                                                                    jj Chan  2 weeks back

                                                                    the girl sounds so sad..:(

                                                                    • Elani
                                                                      Elani  2 weeks back

                                                                      he deserves to step on allll the legos in the world

                                                                      • Araceli Diaz Leal
                                                                        Araceli Diaz Leal  2 weeks back

                                                                        omg she lives in chicago i live there

                                                                        • Sssmiley_YT
                                                                          Sssmiley_YT  2 weeks back

                                                                          My left me and I’m still doing fine

                                                                          • Red Coyote
                                                                            Red Coyote  2 weeks back

                                                                            0:48. He must be plying gta 5, because those are the exact same reasons why it's rated M. Who agrees?

                                                                            • Ryan P
                                                                              Ryan P  2 weeks back

                                                                              You know all these are fake

                                                                              • Edgy Muffs
                                                                                Edgy Muffs  6 days back

                                                                                Storybooth is fan submitted stories. You can tell because of the varying microphone quality, you can't know if the stories are real but they don't have voice actors or anything.

                                                                            • Grace Maina
                                                                              Grace Maina  2 weeks back

                                                                              0:05 why is the girl with pigtails everywhere

                                                                              • Giffic The Bear
                                                                                Giffic The Bear  2 weeks back

                                                                                why don't these ever appear on the news?

                                                                                • Giffic The Bear
                                                                                  Giffic The Bear  2 weeks back

                                                                                  this is why men should never be left unattended

                                                                                  • All Of Us
                                                                                    All Of Us  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I love school


                                                                                    • All Of Us
                                                                                      All Of Us  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I love school to! ☺️

                                                                                      • Maisha Broski
                                                                                        Maisha Broski  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I’d tell someone immediately or try to BE the abuser towards the abuser

                                                                                        • FamlyFrendlyUsername
                                                                                          FamlyFrendlyUsername  2 weeks back

                                                                                          One like equals 9 trillion slaps for the dad. 😡😡🤬🤬🤬😤😤😤

                                                                                          (This comment is satire, I am not begging for likes)

                                                                                          • Egg shadows
                                                                                            Egg shadows  2 weeks back

                                                                                            This is so sad