Child Abuse in a Foreign Country

by Anonymous

The abuse didn't happen to me. It happened to someone that I loved very much.

I was working in a foreign country, and became involved with someone who I thought I could trust. This person became very abusive toward me. She wanted to adopt children, and I was against it, knowing that she was unstable. However, she manipulated me into agreeing to help her. I regret helping her so much now. She is the foster mom of two children now.

When I lived with her and she brought the first boy home, he was only two. I loved him very much, but she abused him physically, verbally, and emotionally, and she turned on me when I intervened. It broke my heart. In the end, I had to leave the country, because she threatened to kill me one night.

I left, and I saw her again only years later, briefly. She still has the boy. I pray that she will not harm him, but that she will come to her senses or that someone else stronger will intervene.

It all happened in a country where there are no laws to protect those who are abused, so there is no legal recourse. I don't talk about it to people because not many understand. I have only really told one person. It has scarred my life.

If you have a moment and believe in God please say a prayer for this boy. He is 6 now.

Thank you.

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Mar 27, 2008
Help for the helpless...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

This woman threatened your life; I can only imagine what she has done—is doing—to that helpless 6-year-old little boy. I will pray in my own way for this little boy and for you too, dear.

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

Apr 30, 2014
been a victim before
by: Anonymous

Im a 39yr old women and had to stay in such a enviroment when i was younger,but by the garce of god i got help and is now trying to help others in the same situation.Im helping in the community as a worker for Sonke gender Justice and a peer-educator for Africa-unite.People living in these situations must not give up,they must try to get help from neighbours,friends,churches and whoever u trust.

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