Dear Dad | A Letter to My Emotionally Abusive Father

There have been a lot of people who have told me how strong and brave I am for starting to speak out against the abuse my biological father inflicted on me, but honestly, I have always felt I was hiding behind my blog/book. It’s easier for me to write down my feelings – it comes as a second nature. Speaking, however, is extremely challenging. I didn’t fail my public speaking class in high school, but sharing my feelings verbally is…well, it feels impossible most days.

Last year, I wrote a letter to my dad that I never sent. Now that I finally want to, I know he isn’t going to read it and he isn’t going to care, so I recorded myself to share with you all. When I first wrote the letter, I made the choice to not spend any more time thinking about my dad because he doesn’t deserve my time. So, this video is not for him, despite the title. It’s really for anyone who has gone through the same things that I have – to show that there is hope, to prove that you can find the strength to face your abuser, and this is for my sisters who are still living with my dad.

Published by Samantha Sali

Image-bearer. Jesus-seeker. Wife. Mother. Writer. Artist.

4 thoughts on “Dear Dad | A Letter to My Emotionally Abusive Father

  1. Thank you for being brave enough to share such a painful story. You are not alone. Your story will touch others. You are so beautiful! You have the most gorgeous skin, eyes, and smile. You’re generous and kind. You are so caring and above all YOU ARE JESUS’S DAUGHTER! The Bible promises that Jesus will give you recompense. The Lord will be your vindicator. I pray that that hurt has been released. I pray you keep your eye on Jesus, Your Heavenly ETERNAL Father. Philippians 1 11 may you be a Bound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ the anointed one. You are RIGHTEOUS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.

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  2. Hi I’m Kim,
    I just wanna commend you for having the bravery to make this video of the letter to ur dad. I too grew up with an emotionally unstable and abusive father. Let me tell you.., I related 100% to literally everything you just said!! I’ve been struggling to find my place in this world for my entire life and I’m 33 yo now. Still don’t really know who I genuinely am outside of who he told me I needed to be. Anyways, just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. Take care 💗


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