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Jul 06, 2009
The people who won't report are enabling the abuse...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Brianne, the people who know about you being abused and are doing nothing about it are actually enabling the abuse to go on. They are not doing you any favours. You are at risk for serious injury. Your father is out of control. He's sick and needs help himself. But if you don't do anything to disclose to the appropriate people what he's doing to you, neither of you will get the help you need. Getting "into trouble" will be the least of his concerns if lands you in the hospital or worse. You need to think more highly of yourself, Brianne. You don't deserve to be mistreated. You deserve dignity and respect, nurturing and love. But if you don't believe that yourself, and then act upon that knowledge, then your father will continue to harm you, perhaps in ways that are even more severe than he already has.

I am asking myself where your mother is in all this. I am asking myself why she isn't stepping up to protect you. She MUST know this is going on, even if it goes on while she is away at work. There will be evidence, physical as well as emotional. She can SEE that you are spending time outside at night to protect yourself from him.

Tell your psychiatrist. Be honest with him; you're life depends on it. And/or contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). 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 absolutely NEED to disclose, Brianne. You can visit their website by copying & pasting the following URL into your browser: http://www.childhelp.org/get_help

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Jul 06, 2009
YOUR NOT TO BLAME.
by: PAMELA

Please get help for yourself,if you don't you step dad could kill you.You need to reach out for someone who will help like dss,a preacher.It's not your fault and you are not to blame,he is right he should not have adopted you because you deserve better then him.please be safe.

Jul 06, 2009
Your dad is out of control
by: Anonymous

Brianne, what your dad (er step-dad) did to you is out of control and he really needs help, but you need help, too, so the sooner you tell someone about it, the better. Darlene and Pamela are right! Please tell someone before it's too late. Don't wait too long!

Jul 07, 2009
Great you found Darlene's site
by: maurice

Hi Brianne, your one brave teenager (16) you tell Darlene and her many visitors who were sadly abused like you have and are being right now. She through her comment to you is really concerned about your wellbeing. Being scared to tell on your step father is only putting yourself in real danger of him. Pamela has shown you her real concern by writing her comment to you. It is from her heart to you. read it, act on it she does not want you to be harmed further by that beast in your life. Adopting you seems just one big deal now, No love there for you by him in that adoption. Darlene has written you real thoughtful and concerned words of love and care for you. you are 16, you are intelligent, you are scared, very scared which makes you feel insecure, not knowing what is the best thing for you to do. You know it is wrong what that person did to you sexually, you also know your step father is treating you wrong, your friends know it, those church people know it between you all you can put this man away for a few years. Don't be afraid, your own personal safety is the most important. I am sure your friends will make you strong by helping you to do the right thing. You know, they love you, are deeply concerned about you doing all the things your doing to yourself in self harming. You know that is your way in the hope your step father will cop on. Don't be fooled Brianne. He has you where he wants you, you having a false respect for him just because he adopted you and was very nice at the beginning. Now you know the type he is. He is an abuser. Like Darlene I too was wondering where is your mother in all this. She can't be that dumb that she does not know the pain and hurt he is causing her beautiful child. She has eyes to see, she has ears, to hear, that does not take too much intelligence to cop. Your friends are your strength, That friend who texts you maybe the one to help you. Write exactly what you wrote to Darlene and hand into the authorities. He won't change. Don't let him abuse that beautiful body of yours any more. Don't let him mentally destroy your self worth, self esteem, your confidence. Tell some one.

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