Can a 16 year old girl press charges on my 19 year old sister if she is physically abusing me?

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Can a 16 year old girl press charges on my 19 year old sister if she is physically abusing me?

It started out as terrible rumors my freshman year in high school; her friends harassing me in the hallways. When she would get mad she would beat me from time to time, hair pulling, grabbing, throwing, smacking, punching on the arms. Now it’s to the point where she punches me in the head, the face, took my head and kneed my head into it, and pulled my hair causing me to fall to the floor dizzy and feeling a bit unconscious for a little; I also started to throw up a little. She constantly threatens that she will hurt me harder “next time” and also that she will kill me one of these days.

Asked on October 15, 2011 under Criminal Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you are being physically abused by your nineteen (19) year old sister where you are a minor, you need to consult with your school counselor about the situation as well as your physician immediately in order to obtain assistance to have this wrongful conduct stop assuming your parents have not intervened.

You might consider consulting with an attorney about getting protective order as well against your sister. You have the right to be left alone and from what you have described out your sister who is an adult, what she is doing to you is wrong.

You might also consider consulting with law enforcement about your sister's abuse with respect to you as well.

Good luck.

 


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