My name is Darlene Barriere. Welcome to my site blog. I am an author, a speaker, a survivor and a coach. I've created this site in order to share information about abuse and to provide a safe place for survivors to share their stories.
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Every kid does something in their lifetime that later on they regret. Some kids have a lot of challenges and don't rise above them. That is made doubly difficult when the kid wants but doesn't have a parent in the picture.
Ask people if they believe they can tell what someone is thinking just by looking at them, they usually give a resounding no we can't. And that's true. We can't really know what someone is thinking just by looking at them. But when it comes to being female, we do think we can tell what they're thinking...
Is growth inevitable? Do we all grow throughout our lives? Or like so many other aspects of our life, is growth a choice? A conscious decision? Some people believe growth is inevitable. And maybe it is. At least on some level. But I'm not so sure...
I'm asked so often, how do I overcome? How do I find happiness when my whole life has been so darkly affected by what happened to me? The fact is, we all have dark moments. Even dark days. It's the nature of being human. But some live their whole lives in the dark as a result of what they've been through. So today, I'm asking a big favour from all of you...
I ran away from home when I was fifteen when my father choked me, and threatened to throw me off the balcony of our fifth story apartment. I ran away to
The need to confront an abuser for what they did to you as a child can be overwhelming. Endless hours spent fantasizing what you will say and how you will say it. And though I'm not an advocate of confronting abusers, I do understand how such thoughts and fantasies can take over your mind.
We have taught girls to hate themselves. We've taught them that they aren't pretty enough. Or thin enough. Or the right "colour". We have taught them to want something other than what they already have.
As children, what others tell us we tend to embrace. Especially when those others are our parents. If we're told we're ugly or stupid or that we won't amount to anything, chances are we'll believe it.
My abuse was sexual and was done to me by my uncle. My earliest memory is about age 7 - My mother was often in hospital and my father would leave me &
How can I make a difference in the world? This is a question many of us ask ourselves. And even when we tell ourselves yes, I can make a difference, many believe it's too hard to make the kind of difference they really want to make.
Reality. What exactly is it? What is it really? And can reality be different for different people in the same circumstances? You bet your sweet bippy it can. What we believe at our core affects our reality. Be it about people, situations or life in general.
I think it started when I was only seven, or six, I only get flashbacks- All I truly remember, without any flashback help, was that it happened after we
What keeps you from realizing your dreams? From moving forward in a difficult situation? From getting past something you endured as a child?
If you had the opportunity to watch the Canadian women's hockey team play the gold-metal game against the USA in Sochi, Russia this past weekend, then you were treated to a poster-child example of "never give up".
Have you ever dreamed of doing something big only to be dissuaded by people who rejected your idea? Or even worse, rejected YOU?
Anger is a natural reaction to an injustice or some form of misdeed. Anger is a perfectly acceptable emotion. Even baby animals experience anger. Or at the very least, annoyance. What is unacceptable is lashing out or lashing in.
Have you ever done something nice for someone, only to be left feeling as though you'll likely not do anything nice for that person again? Or that if you do, you want to do it anonymously?
What if Valentine's Day were every day? What if instead of dedicating one day a year to show how much we love someone, we embrace the novel idea of showing it every single day? What would happen then? I can almost hear the corporate heads stuttering and screaming in protest!
I was born in Puerto Rico,my mom and dad divorced when I was just 5 years old. After the divorce dad moved to the united states lived in new York city.
Is it possible to be grateful for disappointment? Possible to be both disappointed and happy at the same time? These questions were answered for me in an unexpected way yesterday.
I don't think of myself as a victim but I was definitely a target. Reading the stories here has helped me immensely and I want to thank the webmaster and