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Mar 27, 2008
You didn't get the helping "hand" you needed by your mother...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Brian, what you lived through was horrific. Your mother should have been there to protect you and save you from the harm that man was inflicting upon you and your brothers; she HAD to have seen the marks and bruises on you. She HAD to have known. It sounds to me as though she chose him and what he had to offer her over her sons. She enabled the abuse. For that, she should be held accountable.

You're probably right when you say that if your grandmother hadn't intervened that day by bringing the sheriff's deputy to remove you and your brothers from that torturous home, you might not be here today to speak openly about the abuse. Your grandmother truly was a shining star that day.

I'm delighted that you have the support of family and others, Brian. You deserved to have that support, then and now.

Thank you for reaching out to my visitors by sharing your story, Brian.

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

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