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Nov 21, 2008
Your father misused his power...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Jessica, you do seem mature for your age. As for your father, he not only misused his power as a police officer, it's quite possible he entered the force knowing he would be able to manipulate the system to his advantage; this is not unusual for abusers. Combine his need to control, his twisted sense of right and wrong, his own likely abusive childhood with his his military background; it wouldn't surprise me to learn he used cruel and even malicious and torturous forms of punishment on you and your sister.

The best advice I can give to you is to take good care of yourself, Jessica, so that you can be there when your sisters need a shoulder to cry on and an ear for listening. After all, you've lived it, so you already know what it's like. But for goodness sake, if you find things are more than you can handle, consider contacting Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone. There is no shame in talking to someone; and no, you are not too old to contact them. They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you. It would be a good idea to give the number and information to your sisters too. Child Help is not a reporting agency, although they can help a person through the process of reporting if that person decides to disclose the abuse.

Thank you for sharing your story—and your very important message—with my visitors and me. I do hope that my site was an asset for you as you worked on your child abuse school project. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, Jessica. By the way, keep drawing to express yourself. You are very talented! And keep writing too. Writing can be extremely cathartic.

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

Nov 21, 2008
i am glad you shared
by: Sal

thanks for having the courage to share your story. you really are mature for your age. i am glad that you are doing what you can to heal. and it sounds like you are finding ways to use the experiences you had, as negative and awful as they were, but to use them to make things better for others by speaking up. you will do great things for others who are hurting if you continue to speak out. i appreciated hearing your story. i will write today about how if feel after reading you. take care Jessica8 and keep sharing.

Jan 03, 2009
everything will be o.k. trust me.
by: kayla

im very glad u had the courage 2 share. i have been through ten years of one of the most terrible child abuse cases....when i was 4 years old, i would sit by my brother and sisters bed every nite to make sure my mom wouldn hurt or even kill us...they dont remember most of the abuse because they were so young. i protected them because i didnt want them to go through the things that i had...my mom was so terrible to me...and only me...just remember to be strong. trust me. everything will be o.k. :)

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