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Mar 01, 2010
Josh:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me. You wrote it perfectly. No one who visits this site will leave a comment that is judgmental. When others say what you "should do", they are really trying to be helpful. They don't want to see you suffering and in pain. You may be able to put on a happy face, but obviously, there are some who know what you are dealing with, at least to some degree. Certainly those who visit here know, because many of them are living the same thing. You deserve so much better than what you are living, Josh. Please contact one of the hotlines listed on my stories page, depending on where you live, in order to talk to someone confidentially.

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Mar 02, 2010
To Josh
by: Helen Louise

Dear Josh, He is your father, but he is wrong, wrong, wrong! No one deserves the treatment that you described. Please start talking to adults about this. You have choices. You can keep your dignity. Please, get help!

Mar 02, 2010
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by: becky

i would like to hear more of your stories i have been through simalar stuff and i think you should do what you think is best but you should try and get outa there so you don't have to put up with it thats what i did and now i lead a normal happy life with my "adopted family". no one deserves to be attacked by anyone but especially not your own father. yo are an amasing young man josh. please send more of your stories xxxxxxx

Mar 02, 2010
be Careful
by: Scott Canada

Just a bit of advice. Weird, me offering advice. When I was Josh's age I wouldn't dare open my mouth at home for I had nothing of any importance to say. I was less than nothing. Now as I get close to the age my father was when he was an insane tirant, I feel as though perhaps I have an opinion or piece of advice worth listening to. Wisdom perhaps? Do I actually have worth in my words?
I thought my father was such a two faced ass that I wouldn't have listened to him just for spite.
But here is the thing, and there really is no getting around it,..us older folk have learned a thing or two and our advice often rings true.

The only time I dared give my father the look of the devil I was beaten and nearly became homeless. I was too smart for him though and played it out with my mouth shut. I used him for a place to live.
I guess my advice is to be careful of standing up to someone like that. They often cannot reason properly and its better to just stay quiet and wait until the time is right to make your move. Like chess, plan your moves. Your moves of survival.
Keep your head down. People like that are unstable and you never know what they are capable of. Be careful, good luck.

Mar 04, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I had a similiar life. i am now almost 21 and out of the house, but my father was the same way, not as bad in physically abusing us but he was geting there, it was mostly towards my mom and brother. It didnt stop, for 18 years I put up with it, accepting that reality as if i had no control, I was stuck in feeling guilty because hes my father and i felt not good enough, but then...it just got to be too much, he was hurting my sister, and i stood up to him, mind you im 5"4 and a girl. I am the oldest though of 4 children. I told him I was leaving and taking my siblings with me, we left, a lot more hsappened cops arrested him, ect, long story. But I told, i left and it has been the BEST thing I have ever done. I cant even take credit for being brave because I was scared out of my mind, and it felt so wrong because he was my father, but he was hurting my siblings and I had had enough. I would encourage you to go through the pain and heartache of telling someone and getting out of there, you do not owe him anything, you are worth so much and you have the RIGHT to not have to put up with his abuse.

Mar 11, 2010
Josh * I went through this, too
by: TAB

And I WENT to the police two times and they laughed at me, did NOT believe me and only one policeman wrote down the briefest of summaries and never followed through.

Parents seem to be able to do and say anything to you EXCEPT kill you, but they kill us in spirit if they do not succeed in killing us physically. I am more than twice your age, so perhaps now things would be treated differently, but it seems the majority of adults, especially bullies, have no use for kids and think any time we've been abused, we have somehow caused or provoked it. I am sorry for what you've endured and hope things get better. But until authority figures start throwing these abusive parents in jail, nothing will stop them from continuing to harm us, physically and verbally.

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