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Apr 27, 2008
Brave and determined...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Anna, I commend you for your bravery and determination at turning your sex offending, disturbingly deranged father into the authorities for such heinous acts of abuse. Oh, how the system failed you and your foster siblings. You and thirty foster children considered liars...when the system fails on such a grand scale, there should be an independent investigation, even if the failures were from decades earlier. You must have felt a deep sense of validation when the sheriff took your report seriously, when two investigations were launched. Thumbs up to that sheriff!

The fact that your life continues to be in danger by your father is also very disturbing. The system has further failed you, Anna, in that you have to be the one to stay in hiding. You shouldn't be the one "in prison."

As for your mother, she has a lot to answer for. She not only abused you herself in horrifying ways, she knew that your father was sexually abusing you, and did nothing. By doing nothing to protect you, she raped you every bit as much as your father did. I'm all for forgiveness, but I make no excuses for lack of actions: Alcoholism and schizophrenia do not excuse the fact that she neglected to do her job as your mother. Protecting you was her number 1 job.

Anna, in an effort to provide you with additional support, I thought you might like to know that there are two other story contributors on my site who have posted about schizophrenic mothers: L.L.S. and Sara. You can read their stories—and reach out to them by posting your own comments—at the following URLs:I wish you continued success with your therapy and your life situation, Anna. You deserve to be "free."

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

Apr 28, 2008
Same here
by: Francine O'Donnell

Anna, I'm sorry that you didn't have a good family. Mine, too, went very ballistic and abusive right after my dad got fired from his own beloved job as a computer programmer. And I'm also sorry about your dog, because even animals don't deserve to die! Whatever your so-called parents did to your helpless and innocent pets and how they brutally killed them is what I call "animal cruelty". You might want to try counselling. I will pray for you.

Oct 15, 2008
Yup
by: Chris Rothley

I don't really want to get into talking about my life story but I know the same terrible feeling you experenced in your past.

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