Child Abuse 60 years ago

by Linda Di Fazio
(Raymond, New Hampshire, USA)

I was 3 months old when I was abused. I am now 60 and still do not know the truth. I was abused violently and was in the Children's Hospital in Boston for quite a few months (as I was told by my grandmother). I was hit by my father (whom I've never met - he has passed away since) on the backside. I received thirty five stitches and carry a very huge scar. My mom was also abused, as my father hit her in the face and she lost all of her top teeth. I never really found out if the story I was told was true. I just know that the scar will never go away. At 60 years old it haunts me everyday of my life. I'm sad to think someone could do this to a baby. I wish back then there were child abuse laws as there are today.


It's sad but the scars stay with you for life.

My heart goes out to these children who are abused.

Thank you for listening.

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Jul 10, 2008
Scars of a battle won...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

The sad truth of it is, Linda, that even with laws to protect children, millions worldwide continue to be violently abused every day. Many die at the hands of their abusers.

Thank you for sharing what happened to you. Perhaps you can find the haunting is lessened if you shift the way in which you look at it: that you were amazingly resilient to have survived such a brutal attack and that you have the scar to prove it. HE was the twisted one; you were perfect the way you were.

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

Jul 11, 2008
You are strong
by: Linda Settles

I am amazed by the strength and resiliance demonstrated by abuse survivors. I admire your gentle spirit and compassion for others.

You are right, Linda, that the scars of abuse do not disappear--ever. But they can become a daily reminder that we, as survivors, have overcome difficulties and suffering--and lived to triumph over it.

You have a story to tell and encouragement to offer to others. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 22, 2008
A Wonderful Mom
by: Gina

I just wanted to say thank you to my mom Linda DiFazio for being such a caring and compassionate mother. After the horror that you went through as a baby, it is amazing the woman and mother that you became. Never once did you raise a hand to any of us (although sometimes we definately would have deserved it) you were always there through our good times and bad. I am proud of you for coming on here and telling your story, I know that it wasn't easy for you. I love you very much and I am glad that you are my mother and made me the woman and mother that I am today. Stay strong and remember the past is gone, you have a great future with your family and grandchildren! I love you!

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