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Jan 11, 2008
So twisted . . .
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Harriet, your stepmother should have loved you and treated you with dignity and respect. What she did to you and your siblings when you were at your auntie's house, beating you all while you were naked and then making you all sit there, still naked, in front of your step-cousins was nothing short of sick and warped. She used cruel and unusual punishment. The way she treated bath time was repulsively twisted and perverted. Her job was to teach your right from wrong. Her job was to protect you and nurture you and be supportive of you. She failed on all counts. I personally wouldn't let her anywhere near my children!

As for you auntie, what the heck was she thinking? My god, she should have put a stop to the abuse your stepmother inflicted! At the very least, she should have reported the abuse to Social Services.

As I read your story, I kept asking myself about your stepfather. I kept asking why there wasn't another adult present to stop the abuse your stepmother was so cruelly imposing.

I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is for your to seek out some form of counselling, Harriet. Counselling can help you deal with all the betrayal and abandonment you are feeling. Counselling can help you to become a better parent yourself, because when you take care of your children's mother you teach your boys valuable lessons on how women should take care of themselves. When you are emotionally healthy, your children benefit emotionally too.

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

Jan 11, 2008
Sick!
by: Francine

Harriet, you never deserved a stepmother who would treat you/your siblings with such anger and hostility! You should've deserved a stepmom who would love, nurture, care for, and protect you guys from harm. Unfortunately, you got a raw deal, Harriet, a crappy, raw deal (excuse my French), and here's why: Your stepmother had a lot of choices and she made the wrong ones, indeed, and the wrong ones are about abusing you and choosing her own kids (your step-siblings) over you guys when she took you in as a baby. You might want to seek counselling as well as professional help (so do your siblings). My parents argue, yell, and hit me, too, but they haven't done more than that! You are a srtong woman, Harriet, very strong! Take care, dear!

Jan 17, 2008
you are so strong
by: Cassy Wilson

you are the most strongest person ever. i may not know you but you seem so strong you are a real merical.

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