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Jul 09, 2008
Secrets allow the abuse to continue...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You have a great friend in Abby, Alexis. She did the right thing by telling your mother. And though your mother didn't believe you—she most certainly SHOULD HAVE BELIEVED YOU!—it started the turn of events that eventually kept you safe from that monster. Hallelujah to the mother who had the presence of mind to contact the police!

And thank you, Alexis, for reinforcing the message that when you are being abused, TELL someone who can help put an end to the abuse. Don't keep it a secret. Don't make your friends keep it a secret. Don't be the friend who KEEPS it a secret. So many stories on this site are written by adolescents who vehemently believe that they CANNOT tell. Perhaps your story will inspire some of them to disclose and get the help they need so that the abuse will stop.

I would still recommend some form of counselling, Alexis. Not all counsellors are "right" for us. Sometimes it takes a bit more time to find someone we can feel comfortable with and trust. It is so understandable that you would have trust issues. For the sake of your emotional well-being, don't stop trying to find the "right" professional. That counsellor is out there for you, but you need to be open to finding that person. In the meantime, if you need someone to talk to, someone besides Abby, consider contacting Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you.

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

Jul 09, 2008
Monster for a stepfather
by: Francine

Alexis, Kevin is such a pervert who likes to rape girls!

***Edited as inappropriate by Darlene Barriere - Webmaster***

I am dismayed that your mom didn't believe you about your true story about Kevin. You might want to try counselling. I wish you and your friends all the best, sweetie. Hang in there!

Jul 11, 2008
THAT'S SAD!
by: PAMELA

That is sad when a child's own mother refuses to belive them.When i was sexually molested both times my parents believed me.by the grace of god.What you need to do(on own terms,only!)is sit down with your mother an ask her why it took her so long to believe you when you told her about kevin.you also need to get help!sometimes getting involved in telling your story and educating other children of abuse and telling them the danagers in keeping a secret can help/

Aug 07, 2008
Your an amazing young woman
by: Glen

Alexis, i'm a 32 year old man and i thought your story was so sad. I was abused myself as a child and i felt alone, as i still do. I'm glad you had your friend and your a very brave person who should be so very proud of themselves for talking as you have.
I understand how you feel over not wanting to talk to counsellers. I am not disrespecting Darlene in anyway at all, but counsillers dont work for me. I find myself talking about it and they have the 'ifeel so sorry for you' look on there faces and it does me no good at all. I've rad quite a few storys on here today and heard of other abuse storys in the past and i've seen some people turn to religion, some to alchol, some to suicide and some just dont know what to do like me. Religion is obviously one out of the 3 that is best to work for some, i am an atheist though so i am not sure where to turn apart from websites such as this.
You have been really brave telling your story Alexis and i just hope that in the future you past can become just that for you...you deserve so much more.

Nov 19, 2009
your story has touched my heart
by: Anonymous

alexis, i am so sorry about what happened to you. you have a truly amazing friend.

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