This post is the continuation of another similar post faces of rural poverty.
This series of pictures is mainly concentrated on a 17 years old girl named Autumn (all names have been changed) living in extreme poverty and searching for love and understanding. That’s where the series name Love Me comes from.
Brief facts: she’s still in 9th grade as she missed lots of classes and has not enough passing grades.
At the age of 13, one of her relatives tried to rape her but her family doesn’t believe her.
Her neighbour who once grabbed her breasts, which left bruises, became her boyfriend one week later.
This post made me even sadder than the previous one ((
I hope she’s going to get out of this hellhole one day…
Autumn, 17, is dealing with the emotional toll of growing up in poverty. As she comes of age in this environment, Autumn struggles to find her way.
Autumn and her mother smoke cigarettes in front of the trailer they keep next to their home. Autumn's parents also grew up poor.
Autumn lies in her father's lap. She often goes to him for comfort when she is upset.
Autumn fights with an ex-boyfriend in the kitchen of her home. Within an hour things were back to normal.
Autumn started smoking after her uncle gave her a cigarette at a young age.
Autumn's younger brother yells in to her ear in an argument over the chair she is sitting in.
Autumn and her sister stand in the street next to their home.
Autumn stands behind the fence of her house watching a fight down the street.
Autumn, an ex-boyfriend and her family help move a relative into the shed outside of their home. At the time Autumn's ex-boyfriend also lived on the property.
Autumn sits between a relative's legs. She alleges that he tried to rape her when she was 13 years old, but says that her parents do not believe her.
"I want to get out of this hellhole, there are no jobs and nothing to do," says Autumn.
"What? I didn't hurt him" Autumn said after hanging her dog by its leash.
Autumn and her ex-step-sister-in-law, comfort each other after the relative's trailer burned down.
Autumn does her hair in the bathroom she shares with all five family members.
Autumn and her boyfriend.
Autumn and her family can't afford to buy cigarettes so they roll their own.
Autumn confronts an ex-boyfriend about his threats to beat up her brother.
Autumn's uncle brushes her hair after she spent the evening playing in the rain.
As night falls, Autumn peers out of her window watching other kids in the neighborhood play.
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