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Sep 05, 2008
You have the power...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Regardless of whether or not your story isn't "half as bad" as other stories on this site, the real issue here is that what happened to you left you feeling betrayed by a man who was somewhat like a father in your life for two years and by a mother who would so easily put you at risk for molestation. It's about you living life questioning your own ability to remember whether or not this man had ever "touched" you before. It's about you feeling fear and apprehension of every man your mother so easily and carelessly allowed into your life. It's about you asking why at such a young age you were forced to lock your bedroom door to keep yourself safe when it was your mother who should have ensured you were protected from harm. And then, besides the anger and confusion, it's all about you being depressed and lacking trust. The effects of even just one incident of child abuse were devastating to you. It's all about the lingering effects.

You can't do anything to change what happened to you. You can't change the decisions your mother made that put you at risk. You can't change that you've been betrayed. You can't change that you felt confused and angry, and that you were depressed and lacking in trust. What you CAN do is make the decision to sort through the emotional residue with the help of counselling. What you CAN do is make healthy decisions for yourself. What you CAN do is use the experience you lived through to ensure that history does not repeat itself. You have that power, dear. I for one believe in you. After all, you survived not just the incident, but also the prolonged effects. I see you as very strong; I hope you see yourself that way.

P.S. I withheld your name in the "by" line because you used "Anonymous" in your title. I felt it better to err on the side of caution, just in case you really wanted to stay anonymous.

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

Sep 06, 2008
not rmemebering
by: Anonymous

try not to worry about what u dont remember cuz it wont change a thing. maybe counsling can hlp u. i wish u the best.

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