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Apr 27, 2009
An angel for a friend...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Jessica, it is so courageous of you to share what happened to you at the hands of your uncle and others. It is a grueling process to disclose and then cope with the emotional aftermath. You have an angel in your friend, an angel you feel safe with to disclose. I'm so glad you have her as your support system. She knows and understands what you dealt with and what you are now dealing with, which puts her in the perfect situation to help you. And from what you've shared in your story, she is going about it just the way she needs to; this is evident in the fact that it's getting easier for you to talk about the terrible stuff and the fact that your panic attacks don't happen when you do.

Don't forget to give yourself the credit you deserve, Jessica. It takes a very strong person to share all this, and it takes a great deal of hard work dealing with the emotions afterward. You are well on your way, and you're only 16 years old to boot...keep up the great work! And don't ever lose sight of the fact that what happened to you wasn't your fault. Your abusers had all the power. But now you have taken back that power.

I will point you toward another resource, just in case you find the need. Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is an organization that is staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you. They are not a reporting agency, although they can help you through the process of reporting if you decide to disclose the abuse to the proper authorities. Your abusers should be reported in order for you to have the opportunity for justice, but also because your abusers are most likely continuing to abuse little girls. Sex offenders do not change their ways until they are forced to stop. By reporting them, you could stop them in their tracks.

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Apr 27, 2009
The Power of a True Friend
by: maurice

Jessica 10, be true to yourself as you are true to you friend. As Darlene calls her your Angel. That she is and more. She is strong for you, she has to be to listen to that terrible you've been through in your tender years as a child. Oh no one deserves that treatment at your tender years. That uncle of yours was a down right vicious Man to put a young child through almost suffocating you to death in boiling water. The mind of such is not a human mind even animals don't treat each other so cruelly. Surely some one close to you must have known your uncle was a sick and nad man. Be brave, be strong now at 16 and with the help of your Angel friend and the words of LOVE in advise from Darlene might encourage you to relate your story to the Authorities. Hi Jessica know you are beautiful, sensitive, gentle, caring, Help yourself to be truly you in all by loving yourself now for a few years to get a real sense of the Unique and Special Teenager/Young Adult that you are.

Apr 27, 2009
Wow!
by: Francine

Wow, that sucks! Are you still with your mom now or are you with a different family?

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