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Oct 09, 2008
Such heartlessness...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Oh, DeAnna, I'm so terribly sorry that you were forced to marry your rapist; how utterly cruel and repulsive, and at such a young and impressionable age to boot. Some people carry such a burden; it seems you've carried a lion's share. Even with that "lion's share" I see such an amazingly resilient, strong and determined person in you. I can't imagine how terrifying it must have been to have to live the way you did as a pregnant and naive, force-to-marry adolescent, and then to find the courage to flee the ongoing physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of a man (if one could call him that) who was a sex offender. I sure hope you see what I—and others—see in you.

And I do hope you're successful in finding the daughter you so unselfishly gave up for adoption. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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

Oct 09, 2008
How could they?!
by: Francine

What the hell (excuse my French)?! How dare your so-called mother force you to marry that pervert of a so-called husband! Your mother and that pervert should be in jail for the rest of their evil miserable lives! I'm so sorry that happened to you, DeAnna. I hope you try counselling and I wish you and the baby that you kindly gave up for adoption all the best! Take care!

Oct 09, 2008
So many stories I read
by: Francine

BTW, DeAnna, I've read so many stories about young girls being forced into marriage...and some of them get killed whenever they refuse to marry men that are older than themselves or whenever they prefer to marry the men of their own choice instead of their fathers' choices...I still really feel you and I'm so glad that you are still alive!

Oct 10, 2008
feelin sorry for you
by: dana

i am sorry that you had to give up your baby , Ms . DeAnna . I bet that took alotta guts to do that because I could never do that ! I'm 18 and I've never had kids but I've had numerous sex ed classes and in one of them I heard it takes alotta strength and courage to give up your baby and I've seen shows where teen moms had to give up their babies and every time I saw one of those shows, I was thinking ' I can NEVER do that ' because I love children and am thinking about having kids someday . My mom prays every night for God to send me a nice man that will do anything for me so I think that's what you should do and He will listen and bring you a loving man who cares alot about you!

Oct 13, 2008
Thank You
by: DeAnna

This comment is to: Darlene and Francine. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I just want you to know that I was forced to give up my baby.It is hard to go through life with a part of you missing. I was just a child myself. I really appreciate your website, Darlene. And thank you Francine. You appear to be a caring person. I wish my mother had been like you and Darlene, I be alot better off. Again, Thank you both.

From Darlene: DeAnna, you are so gracious with your thank you. I thank YOU for taking the time to write back and for clearing up my misconception about giving up your baby willingly. My heart goes out to you. I don't know what your beliefs are, but I truly believe you will be reunited with your daughter at some point; but perhaps it will be in a way you have not anticipated. Take good care of yourself, DeAnna.

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

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