Child Abuse Effects dot com Video Reading From Chapter Good-byes

by Darlene Barriere - Webmaster
(Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Weekly Video Reading February 12, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: Weekly Video Reading February 12, 2009

Did you know that I post weekly video readings from my e-book On My Own Terms, A Memoir here on If not, you have some catching up to do!

This week's reading from chapter titled Good-byes is now ready to view on this site at My Child Abuse Story.

Allow me to offer a little setup before you actually go to the video...

My mother was maliciously abusive; many of you who have read my various articles and numerous comments on this site already know that. But did you know she was a product of her own abusive childhood and her own environment?

In this week's reading, I describe what it was like for my mother (and me) the day she was about to leave all her friends behind to move her five young children (I was 9 years old, the eldest) 1500 miles away to another province in order to reunite the family with my father, who had moved months earlier in order to build a better life for us. Yes, my mother was emotionally abusive and even bordered on neglectful on that day, but I feel compassion for what she must have gone through....

Don't worry if you've missed previous readings. They are all available for viewing at the link above; just click on the thumbnail image of the excerpt you would like to watch and listen to when you get there.

Whether or not you have purchased my e-book, don't miss any of these readings. It won't cost you anything but a few minutes of your time...okay, maybe a few more than just a few. Besides, you might find that watching them is immensely helpful. You'll learn:
  • more about my child abuse story
  • the effects child abuse had on me
  • how I found my way from child abuse victim to child abuse survivor triumphant
  • you'll also get a peek into the decision-making process of an author during the writing phase
I hope you'll take the time to visit my story page to listen to my weekly readings. You don't have to buy my e-book, though I sure would appreciate it if you did. But seriously, you may find yourself able to relate on many levels as you watch and listen. After all, relating to someone else's pain can be comforting and therapeutic because you know you're not alone in that pain. You may also find that the lessons I've learned along my path of healing and recovery from child abuse help pave the way to yours.

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

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Feb 15, 2009
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by: Anonymous

I like this video reading feature Darlene. I didn't know you were doing this. I cried when I listened to really hit home for me.

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