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Aug 20, 2008
Cruel and malicious treatment...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Melodia, your one long bad dream was a nightmare. There is something in your mother's history that has resulted in alarming consequences for you and your brother. She keeps attaching herself to men who think nothing of physically, sexually and verbally battering her precious children. And if that's not bad enough, when you finally confided in her about being attacked, looking for a soft place to land and a comforting ear, instead you got a "suck it up, nothing really happened." How utterly betraying for you. You must have felt abandoned in the worse possible way, especially given that she was never available or seemingly interested in protecting you from harm from the men she decided would be a part of your life. Your mother is an enabler, and as such, has just as much responsibility here as any of the "dads" who felt justified in raising a hand to you and your brother.

As for the emotional abuse...you deserved to have two parents who loved you and nurtured you and hugged you and kept you safe from harm. You did NOT deserve to be called "devil child." You did not deserve to be called "water" meaning you were "nothing." These were all lies, Melodia. Lies meant to shatter you and the wonderful person you were (are) so that they could somehow elevate their own feelings of inferiority. They were cowards. Every one of them was a coward. But YOU don't have to continue to believe those lies. You are lovable and worthy and deserving of respect and dignity. You are precious and special and smart and articulate. You transcend the lies. You are still here to talk about what you endured. You are still here to share with my visitors the horrors you faced. You are still here and among those of us who can help those children who have been abused (by sharing your story), and to help stop child abuse from continuing to rear its ugly head.

You didn't say how old you are now, Melodia. I don't know if you are still a minor and still living under the constant threat of abuse. If you are, you must try to get help for yourself. I strongly suggest you contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone. They are 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. And if you are a minor, you need to disclose the abuse.

If you are an adult, I sincerely hope you are in some form of counselling in order to help you with the emotional residue of growing up with such willful disregard for your well-being. You are definitely worth that kind of help.

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

Aug 20, 2008
Horrible
by: Francine

Melodia, your mother should be arrested and permanently thrown into jail for her criminal child neglect! As for your so-called dad and so-called stepdads, they should all be permanently thrown into jail for destroying stuff and beating/throwing/killing all of your beloved pets in front of you! I'm so sorry that happened to you! Have you talked to a counsellor/therapist yet? My heart bleeds for you.

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