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Jan 29, 2008
Glad you're safe
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Your father should have been sent to prison long before for the way he injured you in the car while he was driving drunk. And then for him to tease you for the disability you were left with because of HIS neglect and drunken abuse...and then to be threatened with even MORE crippling injury if you didn't submit to him for sex...he's a monster that doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of the human race!

I agree with you about your mother. As afraid of him as she was, she was your mother; and as such, she should have protected you from him. She should have found a way to remove you from that physically, emotionally and sexually abusive environment. When a parent KNOWS their child is being sexually assaulted by the other parent and does nothing to stop it, that parent—your mother—enables the sexual abuse to continue and is every bit as guilty of child sexual abuse as the offending parent. Under the circumstances, she's very lucky to have escaped a prison term for not doing her job to keep you safe from a sexual predator.

I really am happy to hear that you are now safe. But even though you do feel safe, you must be dealing with a lot of emotional stuff, Cassie. As I do with just about all story contributors, I strongly urge you to seek out some form of counselling. It would be a great step in taking care of yourself; and you DESERVE to be well cared for.

As a side note: Although I'm delighted at the 56 years your father received, I am surprised at the length of this sentence. Even with a drug conviction tacked on, the longest sentence I've read about in the United States for child abuse (and this one was for felony child abuse, causing death) was 30 years. Perhaps the state of Texas issues stronger, lengthier prison terms for certain crimes.

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

Jan 29, 2008
im just leaving a comment
by: Anonymous

seems like you had a bad life as a child!!!!!!
your story is sad because why would any parent....no, why would any one do that to any body? your father is such a bad person. as for your mother, i know you were scared of him and what not but she could of tried to stop him from hurting her little girl.

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Jan 29, 2008
Reply
by: Anonymous

Cassie thank God you made it because young girls in your position would had ended up pregnant,using drug,and basically being wild.Even though you are happy right now, you should reconsidered visiting your father in his cell because I have a feeling in the near future you probably would be wondering,"Why did my father treat me like that?" and will want the answer from your father and then it might be to late.He might be dead and you will never learn. So think about what I just wrote and God Bless You My Child. Hope all your prayer are answer

Jan 29, 2008
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by: Zoey Royal

Cassie, Im so sorry. If i were him i woulda done what u did. u are so amazing, and a good role model. u did the right thing.

Jan 29, 2008
In response to advice from "Reply"
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

In light of the comments below from Anonymous who titled her comments "Reply," I felt compelled to offer a reply of my own.

Cassie, I would NEVER recommend a confrontation with your abuser. Confrontations seldom, if ever, lead to the answers that victims are looking for. Indeed, most victims end up being re-victimized emotionally when they do confront, because their abusers either deny the abuse outright, or blame the victim for what the abuser doled out. And even if the abuser DOES provide an answer, it's never a good enough answer, because there are NO good answers as to why. Your father had perverse desires; I'd leave it at that.

If you do seriously consider this, Cassie, I can only say that you would be setting yourself up for more heartache and heartbreak.

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

Jan 30, 2008
wow
by: Anonymous

that is really something he doesnt even no how he affected your life, just forget about him & try to move on he isnt even worth a taught in ur mind!

Feb 29, 2008
omg
by: Anonymous

this is crazzii how can people do this to they kids thats so messed up !! if u aiint gonna take care of your kids then dont make little babie so u can just abuse them !!

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