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Mar 04, 2008
Not looking back?
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

He was your father, which made it his job to protect you and your siblings. He not only didn't protect you from the cruel woman he married; he abused you on many many levels, physically and emotionally. He terrorized you and your brothers, and he enabled the abuse your stepmother inflicted upon all of you.

You mother also enabled the abuse. She knew first-hand that your father—her husband—was abusive, yet she not only abandoned your brothers and left them with an abuser, hardly giving them a chance, eventually she did the same with you. Yes, she came to your rescue later on; and for that I applaud her. But she should NEVER have put any of you in harms way by placing you all with a man who was a drunk; and a violent one at that. Both your parents have a great deal to answer for.

You said that you and your brothers eventually grew up "healthy normal kids..." You also said "Here's to the future because there's no looking back." While I am honoured that you would decide to share your child abuse story on my site, I can't help but ask why, if things were so healthy and normal, if you really aren't looking back, you would still feel the need to share your story. I suggest there's a lot of emotional stuff you need to deal with, so I strongly urge you to seek out some form of counselling in order to get the support you need in order to truly move forward and not "look back."

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

Mar 05, 2008
I'm Sorry
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry that you had to endure years of neglect and abuse. I cannot imagine being a little girl and having to wander to the neighbors house just to eat.

I can't help but be angry towards your mother. How could she leave your dad, because of abuse, and hand over her kids to him? What on earth would drive a woman to do that? Selfishness, that's what! She knew she couldn't handle the abuse and she got out...but she left you all to endure it! Then, to make matters worse, she still had visitation with you, and never took you back permanently!!!

I agree with Darlene, they have to answer for it! I hope you can truly look to the future and not look back one day.

God bless you!!

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