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Sep 24, 2008
Severe physical abuse...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

J, I'm very glad that writing out your story was cathartic for you; that is one of the purposes of having this feature on my site. Please consider some form of counselling to help you through the residual of such severe abuse. Another option is one I've been suggesting to my contributors as of late: I highly recommend Byron Katie's book titled Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. Her "questioning" approach to thought is truly groundbreaking.

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

Sep 24, 2008
I can't imagine
by: Linda Settles

I can't imagine a child going through the things you describe. I experienced abuse, too, but it was of a different kind. But even if I had been battered physically, as you were, I couldn't imagine your feelings--because they are unique to you and you alone, J, just like your finger print and the color of your eyes.

You have written of things that left a terrible wound in your heart, but you aren't bitter. You still have a tender heart. I applaud you for that. Your attitude is a choice--a mature one at that.

I agree with Darlene that counseling would benefit you as you continue to heal from the emotional and psychological wounds of abuse.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Linda

Sep 25, 2008
I can relate...
by: Francine

J, I am sorry that you didn't have a good dad and I can relate; I am alone with my psycho dad and he, too, is sadistic, ballistic and abusive towards me. And shame on those so-called cops for dropping the ball on you! I hope you try counselling cuz you are worth the help that you'll need. I wish you all the best! God bless!

Sep 30, 2009
a tough one
by: Anonymous

Yes your case is difficult for sure. It seems as if you father had a decent relationship with his mother and a poor relationship with his father. Hence he had plenty of love to give to the females, but none to the males.
It really does not matter; what he did was intolerable, it is amazing you have recovered. My father was similar, but not that extreme. And yes he tries to have a relationship with me now. I hate myself for allowing it..

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