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Jan 13, 2009
You DESERVE to be adopted by a nice family...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Megan, I can only hope you get your wish to be adopted into a nice home and never again have to worry about what you will have to face when you get home. But if that doesn't happen, if a family does not come along, I want you to remember that you DESERVE to have a good family supporting, nurturing and loving you. Don't EVER lose sight of that.

The hatred you feel for your mother is perfectly understandable. After all, the physical and emotional abuse she inflicted on you was horrendous. The anger and sense of betrayal and abandonment you feel for your father as an enabler is also understandable. It was his job as your father to protect you from harm. He failed you there. You said he "was always around to support you" after a beating at the hands of your mother, yet he failed to intervene; whatever his motives for not stepping in, he was cowardly. And then to expect you to lie about everything now and cover up for your mother—your abuser—I'm left shaking my head in disgust. There must be something terribly wrong with the minds of BOTH your biological parents, because you, dear, did nothing to deserve to be mistreated. To have been taken away from your home, not once but twice, tells me the abuse must have been severe, because Social Services is not typically in the habit of removing children unless there is some sort of clear and present danger to that child. I'm delighted that you are no longer in that horrible environment.

You have had to grow up much quicker than most your age because of what you've had to face. Just know that none of it was your fault; blame lies squarely with your mother and your father. You have every right to not want to see either of them at this point.

I know you want a "normal" life, Megan, but consider this: What is normal to one is abnormal and even undesirable to another; concentrate less about what is normal and more about what makes you unique.

Don't let what your parents did and didn't do to you interfere with you getting on with your life. Yes, you were abused, but you CAN turn the pain that has resulted from that abuse into power; and the best way to go about that right now is to stay in school and get the best education you can possibly get. Hold your head up high and be proud, Megan. You are young and resilient, and you are very smart; I can tell that by what you wrote and how you wrote it. I have every faith that you will get through all this with a strong sense of what is right and wrong, and with a message that will help other survivors.

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

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

Jan 13, 2009
safe
by: touched2mysoul

I wish you continued safety... i am glad you are safe now... I pray that you continue to be safe. You deserve better than what your mother has done... you deserve better than what your father has done as well... You are articulate as i can tell from your writing. You are a good girl who deserves love without fear. My thoughts are with you

Jan 14, 2009
Wow..you are amazing Megan
by: Bongo

I'm so proud of your strength...I'm equally so SORRY for your abuse. You deserve so much more than that. I hope you can find a good family. You are going to be an amazing adult. I can't even imagine how much comfort you are going to give to others because YOU UNDERSTAND and you are choosing to SURVIVE IT! Amazing girl!

Jan 15, 2009
My prayer for you is peace and love...
by: Anonymous

Dear sweet girl,

You deserve so much better in life. I am heartsick for you. As an abuse survivor, I can relate. I will keep you in my prayers. I pray that you will get that loving family that you deserve and all the joy and love that at child should have. Stay strong and have faith!!!!

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