Whether we are talking about the little guys or the adults we are now, I think it's so important to be gentle with ourselves. We didn't have the resources to defend ourselves back then, and in many ways the harm done to us remains with us in adulthood. These things can be resolved, but it takes time. You will get there when you can, and the moment you do that, it will be the very first moment it was possible for you.
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)