A Safe Environment for Child Abuse Survivors to Post Their Stories

by Andrew
(Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Darlene, thank you for this site. I've suffered from emotional abuse at the hands of family members since I was 6 years old, and am slowly working my way through things. Suffering emotional abuse is hard - suffering any form of abuse as a man is harder. So many sites out there deal with girls as victims and women as survivors, so it was a great help to as a man, find some help of my own.

I wound up posting my own story on here Part 1 of Andrew's story, Part 2 and Part 3 in the hopes that it can help someone else. I'm not sure I could have done it in as much depth as I have were it not for the safe environment the site allows sufferers to post in.

Even so, I'm not sure if I've done something incredibly brave or incredibly foolish. Hopefully it proves to be the former...

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Jul 11, 2008
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Andrew, your words of gratitude are very encouraging. I work hard to ensure a safe environment is maintained for my visitors and contributors. Thank you for taking the time to write and tell me how this site has positively affected you.

I wish you all the best in your future. And trust me when I say, the word "foolish" doesn't have a place in the glossary here.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

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