My Mother is a Child Abuse Survivor

by Felicia P
(Huntington, West Virginia, USA)

I found out that from the age of six years old, when her father left, that my mother was raped and abused by her stepfather. Not only did this man sexually assault her, but he assaulted his niece and even his own daughters. My mother, a very courageous individual, has been scared for the rest of her life. She has a horrible self-image, numerous failed relationships, and she suffers from severe depression, panic attacks and often feels dirty of things she has done. She is still able to go through her daily life though, going to school to obtain a nursing degree, meeting a very nice man with whom she has planned to spend the rest of her life. My mother has come a very long way from the little girl she once was. I am very proud of her.

With Love,

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Jan 29, 2008
Loving and devoted praise for your mother
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Your mother raised a thoughtful, caring and appreciative daughter! Posting your mother's story here is such a loving tribute to your mother's life, Felicia. Thank you for sharing.

I wish your mother all the best in her relationship with this nice man. And I hope she's in counselling so that she can improve on her self-image. She's definitely worth it. And her daughter deserves a healthy mother too.

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

Jan 29, 2008
Your mom is strong...
by: Francine

Your mother is such a strong woman, Felicia. My mother was strong, too, because she had been abused for at least 15 years by her own grandparents and she was such a strong woman!

Jan 29, 2008
by: Francine

One more thing, I accidentally said "grandparents" instead of parents, so just to let you mother had really been abused for 15 years by her own parents, not her grandparents. Sorry for that mistake and please excuse my correction!

Jan 30, 2008
Your kind heart
by: Gabriela

For all that your mum has suffered I am very sorry but I admire how u speak of her and how you love her and help through this. I have been a victim of child abuse and how woud I have given to have some-one like u. Your mother is a brave and lucky women who should be very proud of th women youve become.

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