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Mar 22, 2008
Apprehensions about counselling...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Michele, you didn't deserve to live the way you were forced to live, and you certainly don't deserve to live the way you are living now. As a child you had no power; as an adult you have the power to make choices. I urge you to make your next choice a meeting with a counsellor, Michele. A counsellor can help you deal with the emotional turmoil, your anxiety attacks and your nightmares. Treat yourself better than anyone ever has.

Don't be concerned about having to confront your parents when you go into counselling; that does NOT have to be part of the process. If your counsellor even suggests that a confrontation is necessary, it's time to change counsellors. Confrontations do not work, because they are rife with outright denials, minimizations and often times, a shift of blame to the victim; all of which only serves to re-victimize—of course you'd be fearful of all that. Try to stay in the moment rather than project about the future. As you move through the counselling process, you'll make choices that are right for you. Any counsellor worth their weight would never attempt to get you to do something that you vehemently oppose.

And Michele, your story submission was the perfect length.

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

Mar 23, 2008
Cruel Parents
by: Francine

Michele, you don't ever deserve to have parents who would treat you with such contempt, anger nor hostility; you deserved to have parents who would've treated with with love, kindness and affection! They should've taught you and your sisters right from wrong, but in the guiding, RESPECTFUL way; they should've loved you; they should've nurtured you, they should've protected you from ever further harm...but no (sarcasm!). You've got the raw deal, Michele, a crappy raw deal cuz your hateful parents have a lot of choices and they only made the wrong ones, indeed. I strongly urge you to seek counselling, dear, cuz you are worth the help!

Mar 30, 2008
You are a brave woman
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your story. My heart feels for the child you were and the horrible abuse you had to endure. You sound like a very brave woman. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mar 31, 2008
Wow
by: Anonymous

I was really touched by your story and i admire you for everything that you went through. I am 17 years old and i am ALWAYS trying to please my parents-and like you i can never do enough. i love that you had the courage to share. good luck with life! :)

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