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Oct 13, 2007
Crying when left with uncle was first sign
by: Darlene Barriere

Firstly, Diane, what your uncle did to you was inexcusable. He should have to pay dearly for those crimes against you.

Secondly, your parents should have realized that when you cried at being left alone with your uncle, it was a huge red flag. One or both of your parents should have stopped the visits with your uncle because of that red flag. It was completely understandable that you didn't tell, Diane; most children don't tell out of a variety of fears—the greatest fear of all is they won't be believed. Don't beat yourself up for not telling, for keeping it inside for fear of punishment; that is not your burden to bear. The sexual assaults weren't your fault, and neither was not telling of the abuse. You were a child, for goodness sake. It was up to the adults in your life to protect you and keep you safe from harm.

Thirdly, what incredible courage you showed when you told your molesting cousin that what he was doing was wrong and that you would tell if he didn't stop. Please, give yourself the credit you deserve for taking such a bold step toward protecting yourself.

And lastly, if you need medication to get you through life, then so be it. I only hope that the medication you are taking is as a result of some form of counselling. You deserve counselling to help you cope with the lingering effects of sexual abuse that was done at the hands of an uncle you should have been able to trust, and a cousin you shouldn't have had to worry about.

And for all parents who are reading this: please, teach your child about inappropriate touching.

Oct 14, 2007
That's so sad
by: Francine

I feel you, Diane, and I'm sdo sorry about what you had to go through as a kid! You are a strong, independent woman who doesn't deserve to be molested. The only stupidity that I see comes from your uncle and your cousin because whatever they did to you is WRONG.

Oct 14, 2007
sorry
by: Anonymous

i was abused for most of my childhood until i was taken from my family, but i could never understand why someone was sexually abused. im so sorry for what happened to you.

Oct 24, 2007
Thanks
by: Anonymous

I am a 17 year old girl in Hot Springs Arkansas and i am useing your story for a speech against child abuse, Thank you for posting.
Mika

Nov 06, 2007
you are not alone
by: Anonymous

You are a strong person to be able to share your story. I admire your strength. I also take medication to keep me calm but I am still shaking as I write this. I think not telling has a lot to do with the lasting effects. There is no closure or justice. I didn't think my parents would believe me either. I finally told my mother a few years ago, i am 28 now and was 6 when it happened. And she did not belive me even now. That hurt alot. It is empowering to read the stories on here. To know that even if no one believes you or no one gets punished for what they did, you can still be heard. I hear you!!! Thanks.

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