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Degrassi Talks: On Abuse

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Yes, it’s time for yet another horrific episode of Degrassi Talks. Going by the title today’s review is going to be really fucking hardcore.

degrassi talks abuse book

Pre-credit opener: Already I wanna slit my wrists because this girl is talking about what a terrible life she had and she would rather be dead than to continue going on. We see some other person talking about being abused but he has a really bright light in back of him so we won’t be able to see him. So he must be really messed up. We then cut to Matt I believe his name was, the guy who was in prison. Anyways, he says that if his step father were to hit him again he would just go off on his ass and beat the shit out of him.

prison

The host for this one is none other than Rebecca Haines aka Kathleen. Of course she starts to talk about how her character was given the smack down by her mustached boyfriend. Before things get started she says, “Some of the stories we’re about to share with you are very disturbing.” I’m thinking this whole Degrassi Talks series has been very disturbing. But goddamn, let’s get the show on the road.

degrassi talks host rebecca haines

Caitlin and her crew are going around asking people when they think it’s ok to hit a kid. This nerdy native looking chick says that it’s never ok. This other girl who I remember was against gay people says that it’s ok to hit a kid when they’re misbehaving and that it’s not child abuse. Can’t say I’m surprised that she said this.

Degrassi Talks On Abuse

We go back to Wheels and that guy Matt who is in the big house. He’s telling Wheels all sorts of fucked up tales of when his step dad used to beat the hell out of him. Including having his pants down and just getting wailed on. He goes on to say that the beating was so bad that veins were actually sticking out. Geesh! We get our first clip of the series and it’s the Rick get’s his assed kicked by his poofy haired dad episode from Degrassi Junior High.

matt 20rick clip

The drug addict girl named Cathy is telling Yick all about how she got pregnant at 16 and had a miscarriage. Then the boyfriend started beating her and she continues to tell Yick all about how she got cracked ribs, black eyes. Man, she pretty much says that all of her boyfriends have hit her at this point.

yick cathy

We get another clip and it’s the scene where Scott is beating the shit out of Kathleen in the class room from Degrassi High. As she’s on the floor we get a Canadian abuse fact.

kathleen clip

Yick then brings up emotional abuse and asks people what they think it is. This black dude starts saying that it’s from when parents tell you shit like, you’re no good, you’re never going to be anything. Poor bastard.

Oh my lord! They’re now talking to this girl named La’Quita and she has Cerebral Palsy. Kathleen mentions how she went through a lot of years of abuse from her parents. This is one of the most fucked up thing we’ve heard yet. She continues to say that her parents acted like she wasn’t a part of their family and even tried to hide her away. She claims she was just in her room for about 8 months. Caitlin goes on to ask her what her parents did to make her feel bad. What is she a sadist or something? I know I wouldn’t want to know the details. But La’Quita basically tells her that they treated her like complete shit and they wished she wasn’t around.

caitlin

The girl Cathy is telling Yick how she would rather be hit than get abused emotionally. That’s when you know that someone is really fucked up. Matt continues his thoughts of saying that the scars of emotional abuse run far deeper than being physically abused. He goes on to talk about his drug addiction and how he got caught stealing to support his habit.

matt locked up

Uh oh. We’re moving on to the subject of sexual abuse. They ask this kid who looks like he got his entire wardrobe from the Bugle Boy catalog. Anyone else remember Bugle Boy? Anyways, he says that it’s when some touches someone else in a really bad place and says that it’s totally wrong!

bugle boy

Kathleen is talking to this girl and just by how she’s telling her story, you can tell that it’s difficult for her to go through it. I know it’s difficult for me to keep reviewing this episode. Because goddamn! The subject of forced sex comes up and this chick basically said what I was thinking, that it’s rape. As the girl is telling her story of being raped you can tell that Kathleen wants to cry.

kathleen rape story

We get another disturbing story of this chick telling Spike all about being groped by this neighbor that she knew. And shit, I swear Spike has the worst hair ever. She look’s like fucking Garth Algar from Wayne’s World.

spike garth algar

Yick then asks this guy that looks like a young Chris Pontius from Jackass if it’s possible for girls to abuse guys and he says, “Most definitely.” And goes on to say that this girl is basically kicking his ass for any wrong answer that he gives her. What a bitch.

The next tale of woe is on this 18 year old dude named Peter and he’s telling Joey how a quite large babysitter asked him to hump and since his mom told him to do whatever the babysitter said, he said he had to do it. I don’t think it extended to this shit though. He goes on to say that she got the both of them naked and basically raped him with her on top of him.

peter fun fact

Oh shit, we cut to Caitlin and she’s totally showing off how fluent she is at speaking French. Through the translation she’s asking this guy named Mathieu when he was first abused and he said it happened when he was about 9 to 15 by his father. Man that’s a long ass time.

caitlin french canadian

In Vancouver they’re talking to this guy named Jim and it seems like he’s the one who wanted his identity to remain a deep long Canadian secret. He goes on to tell his fucked up story and how a friend of his dad’s forced him to go down on him and then left like it was nothing. Jim fucks things up though and loses all sympathy by saying that he started to abuse a friends cousin by forcing them to do all the horrible shit that he was forced to do.

jim

Towards the end of this Kathleen comes back on camera and surprisingly tells everyone that two years ago she was date raped. No wonder she had that look on her face when that chick was telling her story of being raped. She goes on to say that she got counseling for it and that she’s stopped blaming herself. I gotta say, that was really brave of her to come out with all that in camera.

kathleen date raped

We go back to Jim and he’s telling the Degrassi Talks crew that he’s gotten into a group home I think and is getting help for his sick shit. But people like these, there is no helping them because they never change. The whole time Joey is talking to him on the beach I noticed that he’s covering his junk. He probably doesn’t want to give this sick fuck any ideas.

joey and jim the molestor

There you have it. The whole time I was watching this I was thinking, “Well this is horrible. Why do I wanna be here?” I so don’t wanna do any more of these, but I’m telling myself that there’s only two more terrifying editions of Degrassi Talks left, so why not at this point.

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Author: Degrassi Guy

Hi there and welcome to my little corner of the Degrassi Universe in the far side of interwebs. For all ten of you who are reading this, welcome! Degrassi Junior High/High was a show produced in Canada that showed the trials and tribulations of every day students. This show tackled everything and I mean everything. From alcoholism, depression, pedophiles, bullies, eating disorders, hitchhiking, death of parents, adoption, teen pregnancy, hiding other products to get condoms so no one will notice. To pornography, suicide, getting the smack down from your mustached boyfriend and getting the guts to get away from him. If I missed anything, trust me. Degrassi didn't. Degrassi was pretty much as real as it got. Especially back when I first started seeing it. Saved by the Bell it was not. You never saw Zack Morris smoking weed, getting Kelly Kapowski pregnant or AC Slater giving Jessie a good beating when she sassed him. So sit back and get ready to reacquaint yourself with the beginning of the Degrassi Universe. For those of you who are new, you don't know what you're in for. But that's a good thing. This is Degrassi Junior High/High seen through my eyes. Basically what I loved and hated. Some of you may disagree with what I think, but that's ok. Mostly though, after all these years later. I still love this cheesy show.

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