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Aug 27, 2007
There's nothing you need to be forgiven for
by: Darlene Barriere

Joe, you say that you continually go to church to pray to forgive your friend's dad so that you may be forgiven . . . what happened to you wasn't your fault. There is nothing you need to be forgiven for. You were a child; it was up to your friend's dad to treat you with dignity and respect. He was the one to blame. You felt dirty and unclean after he did what he did to you--I understand those feelings--but that doesn't make you sullied in any way. You must believe that.

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


Aug 27, 2007
Come to Terms
by: Steph

Being victimized is difficult to come to terms with. I have done a lot of soul-searching and turn the negative into positive. I used to lack confidence and I was afraid to speak up for myself. Throughout the years I have used negative experiences to make myself a stronger person. I have in no way become aggressive or belligerent but I have become more confident and assertive. Perspective is the key. I have credited my abusers and the manipulators in my life for my increased knowledge on how it is done. Personally, I can spot an abuser and I steer clear. Professionally, as a counselor with criminals, I know the tactics of manipulation. Check out the grieving process, it is often helpful to process your emotions when dealing with victimization.

Sep 20, 2007
cant forgive him how ever hard u try
by: natasha

thats really bad what he done.. they always make sure you trust them first.. bet now u find it hard to trust ...

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