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May 19, 2008
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by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Your stepfather is manipulating you. He is NOT being good to you. He's taking advantage of your youth, your vulnerabilities, and your inability to truly understand the consequences of his vile actions against you (present and future). What he is doing to you is sexual assault. What he is doing to you is NOT your fault. It will never BE your fault. No matter what! You are not in a position to consent to any of the acts. What your stepfather is doing is child abuse; and it is illegal!

If your mother would be mad at you rather than your stepfather for the naked photos or any of the other details of what Gene is responsible for, then she's the one with the problem. Mother's are supposed to protect their children, not blame them when someone in a position of trust and authority over them takes advantage in a perverted way.

Tell a teacher, a school counsellor, or an adult you trust, someone who can help you. I urge you to contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone about the abuse you are still dealing with; and it IS abuse, April. They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you. They are not a reporting agency, although they can help you through the process of reporting if you decide to disclose the abuse through them.

You owe it to yourself TO disclose, April. Whatever happens to your family after disclosing is not because of you. Gene is the one who has destroyed your family and your trust. Gene is the one who must be held accountable, not you. Never you. No matter what!

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

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