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May 02, 2008
Sounds like you have a very caring father...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Courtney, I'm so glad you were able to get out of the terrible and toxic environment your mother and stepdad had created for you. You deserved so much better. It filled my heart with joy to learn that as soon as your father learned that you wanted to live with him, he made sure to get himself from Florida all the way to Massachusetts. THAT is the action of a truly loving dad; and I'm delighted that you have that in your life. You didn't say if your stepmom was still involved with your dad. I'm hoping that area of your life has also changed.

Sixth grade must have been miserable for you. It was hard enough adapting to a new environment, a new city, a new school; EVERYTHING was new and challenging beyond words. All kids want to fit in; you were no exception. I'm very sorry there weren't any adults around to ensure you were not bullied and harassed, Courtney. Bullying happens when there is a lack of combined efforts from teachers, administrators, parents, students and the entire community. Bullying is NOT something that every kid must live through; that's a MYTH. Having lived through the emotional trauma of being bullied yourself Courtney, I can only hope that you will never inflict that kind of pain onto someone. It's so good that you and Ashley had each other during such a difficult time. To be and feel all alone would have been even worse.

And just for the record, you are not ugly...deep down, I'm sure you know that. You are beautiful, inside and out.

One more thing, you couldn't have done anything about what your best friend's father did to you. You didn't LET him do anything. He had ALL the power. Don't ever blame yourself for his molesting ways. It wasn't your fault, and it will never be your fault.

If there is counselling available to you, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunity. If you want to remain anonymous, consider 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.

And Courtney, allow me to be among the first to wish you a very happy 14th birthday!

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

May 02, 2008
if you need someone to talk to....
by: Anonymous

I was reading your story and thank god your dad let you move back in with him hopefully your stepmom is no longer with him. I want to tell you good luck with everything, especially school. I'm a junior in highschool and my life hasnt been the greatest for me either but keep your head high no matter what people say know that your better than they are! You are beautiful no matter what!

***Email address removed by Darlene Barriere - Webmaster***


May 02, 2008
To Anonymous regarding leaving your email address:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Anonymous, you'll note I removed your email address from your comments to Courtney. I ask that you observe the rules about leaving ANY personal information in comments. While I understand and admire your desire to offer one-on-one support to Courtney, due to safety concerns, personal information in comments is STRICTLY prohibited and could lead to being banned from leaving comments on this site. I thank you for your understanding.

May 07, 2008
im with you girl
by: Anonymous

sometimes my dad will beat me. he hits me a lot. but you should know that no matter what you are perfest the way you are and your mom may be able to beat you, but she cant take your spirit. keep in mind that you are loved by your family...and by Jesus

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