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May 20, 2008
You've been told lies...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You need to get help for yourself, Brandi. You don't deserve to be mistreated. You deserve parents who are loving and nurturing and supportive. Talk to a teacher, or a school counsellor; they can help you with your options. Contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone about the emotional turmoil you are dealing with. 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 any abuse you are still suffering through.

And just for the record, Brandi, you've done NOTHING wrong. You are PERFECT as you are. If your parents can't see that for themselves, that's their problem. My mother did exactly the same thing to me as your mother is doing to you. I had to learn to give myself the positive "strokes" and "messages" that were so lacking in my life. I had to learn that there was nothing wrong with me. I had to learn that I was worthy. YOU, Brandi, ARE WORTHY! Keep telling yourself that. Don't for one more second believe the lies your mother or aunt or grandmother, or sister, or dad, or anyone else tells you. They ARE lies, every one of them: LIES LIES LIES! You need to hear this just as much as any other kid who visits this site. Help yourself before trying to help others.

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

May 21, 2008
You're NOT alone...
by: Elaine

Dear Brandi,

I can TRULY empathise with you. What you have written about your experiences of family life, are very similar to what I spent many years as a child having to put up with.

You have every right to feel upset, hurt and confused. Physical abuse (and any other sort of abuse) is a terrible thing, that should NOT have to happen to any child. You, just like every other child out there, deserved love, care and support from your family. Instead, you felt betrayed, receiving anger and punishment instead.

The WORST thing, and this is from my point of view just as much as yours, is the EMOTIONAL abuse that ALWAYS accompanies any other type of abuse going on. It is this that leaves you confused, guilty and feeling worthless. You see, as a child, you do not have any power to protect yourself. When something bad happens, you want to know the reason why, and it is SO easy for an abuser to kid you that you are to blame. This is NOT true. Abusers only tell you this, because in reality they are weak and unable to take responsibility for their own actions.

For a child (like you and me when we were abused) to have to live every day in fear, worrying about when we might receive a criticism, a scolding or a punishment from our family is dreadful. To live with people who are meant to care about you, but who actually tell you every day that you are "rubbish" and "useless" and "disappointing to them" is very damaging. If you keep hearing these perverted, distorted untruths, you may eventually come to accept them as fact. That is the greatest damage of all.

Brandi, please believe me that if I tell you that you are NOT rubbish, and DO NOT deserve to be mistreated, THIS IS A FACT. You are just a regular, everyday person, who deserves support, encouragement, kindness and love. An individual, who deserves respect, fun, and a life of her own.

Get help! Don't be ashamed or afraid to tell someone what has happened. If you feel able to go ahead, seek the assistance of a Counselor - someone unbiased, who can share your experiences with you, giving you the chance to "offload" your source of stress, and assisting you to find ways of coping effectively. You've survived the abuse alone, but with someone to support you, you can go on to have the life you deserve.

Brandi, I've described some of my experiences on this website, in the Open House (Elaine's Room). Just a thought, but you might find it helps to read them. You're NOT alone. Good luck...

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