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Feb 10, 2008
Forget forgetting...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You must stop blaming yourself; the blame lies entirely with your offenders. It wasn't your fault at 2 years old. It wasn't your fault at 6 years old. It wasn't your fault at 15 years old. It has NEVER been your fault. It will NEVER be your fault, NO MATTER WHAT!

As for forgetting, it's unlikely you'll ever forget the heinous things that happened to you, but you can learn to manage the terrible memories and the way those memories affect you. I'm sure that hardly seems possible right now, but it is true.

You said you are getting help, but you didn't say what kind of help. If you are seeing a therapist, you are not being honest with this person when you refuse to tell him/her about the molestations. If you keep these details to yourself, only disclosing in the safe anonymity of this website forum, you will stunt your ability to deal with the pain of the emotional trauma. The fact that you disclosed here tells me that you really want to tell, but you fear the outcome of telling openly.

You sent the message to my other visitors, "Try healing!!!" I suggest you take your own advice: Try healing yourself by being honest with your counsellor. I believe you are strong enough to deal with the outcome of doing that. Over the long haul, the results are worth it. YOU are worth it.

If you need someone else to talk to, I recommend you contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen. They are not a reporting agency, although they can help you through the process of reporting if you decide to disclose to the authorities.

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

Feb 19, 2008
heal
by: Anonymous

everything takes time to heal...atleast as much time as it took to happen in some cases. hiding the hurt will never heal the pain. you have to let it out and i believe writting your story on this site is a great start. im proud of you.

Mar 06, 2008
Secrets
by: Anonymous

Stop keeping secrets.
It will liberate you.

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