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Mar 05, 2008
You're NOT alone...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I'm asking why, when your father broke your nose, ribs and jaw that the medical professionals who would have treated you didn't report suspected or known child abuse.

There are people out there who want to help. 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 horrendous abuse 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 the abuse. And you should disclose, Brett. Nothing can change unless you do. You deserve for this battering abuse to stop. You DO NOT deserve to be treated so callously and with such wilful disregard for your body and for you as a person.

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

Mar 05, 2008
It can be better
by: Linda Settles

You have little hope, Brett, and that is why you stay in the abusive situation. If only you knew what life could be like when you find the courage to get out of the abuse and begin to heal. I encourage you--no, I urge you, to call that number Darlene gave you. You are a priceless treasure to God and others--even if it doesn't seem like it right now. There is a better way. Please, begin the process of recovery by taking that one step.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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Mar 05, 2008
go to the cops
by: Anonymous

go to the cops and they will take care of it!!an d i am so sorry about what happen to you.i cry for you now because i am so sorry for you..go bet halp baby!!love you

Mar 05, 2008
Please tell someone
by: Elaine

Your story is shocking, Brett. It makes me so sad that someone can do this to their own child. It reminds me of my own parents...

Your father sounds like a desperate, sick man - messsed up in the head. I reckon he may be grieving for the loss of his wife (your mum) and may mistakenly be blaming you for it. Whatever, he's taking out his pain, frustration and anger on you; and that's not right. YOU need support too, and care, and affection. It must be dreadful to grow up without a mother figure to relate to, and this is only made worse by having a mixed up, miserable, unhappy and abusive father.

Your dad seriously needs help, but he probably doesn't recognise this. You need help too, and it's clear in the fact that you wrote to this website, that you know this...

Talk to someone, anyone you trust about your experiences. You need to make people aware of what's going on, and need a safe place to be. Don't be afraid... someone WILL believe you. Try the number Darlene offered. Take care of yourself...

Mar 06, 2008
by: Kaitlyn

its not much but i believe you.
i dont no what its liek to have the pgysical abuse but i have been through a lot myself. except i had both my mom and dad but my mom didnt live with me and it was my step mom doing all the work while my dad pretty much acted like it never happened. since i came to live with my mom after my dad took off and left me while i was at school. he's back but i barely see him. but this isnt about me. its about you. i know that you feel alone and that drugs are your only way but there not. im sorry for everything your going through i really really am. all i can say is hold strong. everything will be ok. he will pay for EVERYTHING he has ever done. and i dont no if you can do it .. but have you tried telling someone?? if not you really should. i hope all goes well for you. you sound like a great guy. keep your head up.
(Michigan 16)

Mar 10, 2008
God is there
by: Anonymous

your never alone God is always there for you and i know you probally wonder why God would let such things happen to you but, everything happens for a reason and he will get what he deserves trust me but, you cant go on not telling anyone please get help go to someone by you not telling anyone only lets that devil get away with it PLEASE PLEASE get help i will pray for you love always!!!!

Mar 16, 2008
no your not
by: micaela cole

i am really and utterly sorry to hear what has happened to you. i could say i know how you feel but i don't. not at all. but i do know that you are not alone. not at all. it may seem that way, but look at all the other people on this website. they are going through similar things- i don't know then but i will bet u a million bucks that they support you. god, i wish i could say something truly memorable that will get you through this but the best i can come up with is whatever you do don't give up and hang in there. me being only twelve and living the perfect life this probably sounds like BS. but at least it's sencire (even though it sounds stupid to my own ears) also i want you to know that i admire you for posting your story. that takes guts.

Mar 18, 2008
just tell someone
by: Anonymous

people will believe you, you just have to believe in them first. i know that it will be hard but you need to get out of there before it gets even worse. im pretty sure none of your friends or even gf wants to go to your funeral! you have to do something, if he ever leaves you alone do something or if your at school tell someone and tell them to get help and to find out wether you can leave your home right away as whoever it is talks to your dad otherwise it is just gonna get worse becuz you told. PLEASE get some help. stay strong and get help. no one wants to see you hurt!!!

Mar 21, 2008
sad but true
by: isabell

it truly breaks my heart to even think that in the year 2008 this abuse is still gong on. i my self have gone through a form of abuse but not to the extreme that you may have been through or even going through. this cannot be allowed NO MORE!!! EVERYONE ONE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND SHOUT ....... NO MORE!!!

Mar 24, 2008
Please tell someone
by: Anonymous

Reading your story almost brings me to tears...I will pray for you tonight. There are people who can help you and believe your story. What your father does to you is so WRONG. It is ILLEGAL. Please try to get help, you do not deserve any of it, no one deserves to be treated that way.

Apr 08, 2008
I beleive you
by: Kayla

It is hard for people not to believe with all the details you went on about. My heart goes out to you and i will pray for god to keep you safe

Feb 10, 2010
child abuse story from Brett
by: Dana

Dear Brett,

You may feel alone but you are not. I hope you reach out for help dear...the proof is in the damage to your body...I wish i could help but know that this stranger (me) is thinking about you and praying for you. you should not blame yourself for you mom's passing this happens as awful and heartbreaking as it is. Please forgive yourself...guilt and shame are the abusers trademarks. You are worthwhile, you are good, you are beautiful and DESERVE TO BE HAPPY AND LOVED! Go in peace and remember like i said...I am thinking about you and praying for your nightmare to end.

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