I just got back from a sleepover at my friend's house over the weekend. We had a lot of fun, except most of the time I felt very uncomfortable with her mother and the way she ran the household. My friend's sister was CONSTANTLY verbally abused, being called stupid, being told she had no brain, and even called ugly and fat and useless. Plus, she was smacked on the head numerous times in front of me, and I think she was spanked in the bathroom way too much or too hard (I heard crying and slight yelling). My friend she punched on the hand, and pulled on the hair and also verbally abused. The mother was arguing with the father a lot also. Now, this is my friend's stepmother. My friend's father seemed all right, he didn't seem abusive in any way. But the stepmother was absolutely horrible, and I don't know what to do... is it normal for parents to treat their kids like this, so strict and abusive? Or am I just lucky to have parents that don't lay a hand on me and constantly tell me they love me and hug me? Please answer, because if my friend is in danger, I'd like to know what to do ASAP. Thanks! :)