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Mar 11, 2015
Jodie:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I understand that you miss the dad you once knew. I understand that you want that dad back. And I understand how it feels to be all alone. But your dad is an abuser. He has others who have enabled him to be that abuser. Before. And still. You watched what you mam went through all those years, but it wasn't until she found out he had cheated that she left him and removed you from that dangerous environment. All of this has left you with a distorted sense of what it means to have and be in a loving relationship. Being in an abusive relationship is NEVER better than being lonely or alone. You are at great risk of developing relationships with men who are just like your father. You must be willing to set boundaries. To not allow yourself to be mistreated. You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Always remember that. And it starts by treating your Self with dignity and respect. You are not as alone as you think you are. You have the ability to make friends. Look how quickly you did so when you were in Mexico. Make more friends. Get involved with groups at school that interest you. Find out what you're passionate about, then do what you can to get involved in that. Volunteer. Just do things that can help you to discover who you are and what you enjoy doing. In that way, you will develop a sense of YOU and your own personal worth, rather than relying on someone (especially a male/father figure) to fill a void inside of you. I send you love, light and healing energy, Jodie. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

From Victim to Victory, a memoir
Darlene Barriere
Webmaster: www.child-abuse-effects.com
author. speaker. survivor. coach
From Victim to Victory, a memoir

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