An amazing friend (I'll call her Mary) has recently told me some information that disturbed me and made me realize that her family might be seriously hurting her.
I'm 13 years old, and Mary is the same age and is someone I've known for about two years. She's a very kind person, although I've been realizing lately that she isn't the happiest. She doesn't smile when she thinks no one is looking and constantly puts her work down when compared to others. An example of this would be just today when we were doing a workbook assignment in class and she talked about how good my written responses were and how awful hers were.
This confused me. I started asking her why she was putting herself down, and she shrugged. Later in the conversation, she asked me to sing for her since she brought up the fact that I'd quit chorus earlier that year. I said no and giggled a little bit, and she grinned and sang for me. I told her it was beautiful and she said, "My mom says I sound like a little b****h when I sing."
I asked her why that was, and she said she didn't know. She said her mom was never the sweetest lady, and that she lied to her a lot. Apparently, her mother is in her early fifties and had her when she was around forty years old. This caused her many health problems, such as a heart problem and an issue with her joints. She and her sisters cried because of their mother every day and are afraid of being hit.
I want to help, but I have no clue what I should do. Any suggestions?