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Aug 13, 2008
So much violence...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Morningsong, you've been through Hades and back again. What an amazingly strong and resilient young woman you are! You had a sex offender for a father. Then, when you told your mother, she had the audacity to slap you in the face for not telling sooner. As for your mother, she was a drug addict and alcoholic who put you and your siblings at risk each and every day. You suffered endless beatings. You were forced to parent and protect your siblings. You witnessed and were victim to horrifying violence. Surviving all of this is a testament to your strength of will and character. It is nothing short of miraculous that you are still here with us.

You so deserve to be in the loving home you are now in. I'm delighted to learn that the system will not allow you to go back to your mother; I'm appalled that it took them so many times to realize how dangerous she was to live with. Sending you all back to her time after time, continually putting you and your siblings in harms way...in a word, inexcusable. Shame on them for dropping the ball. You and your siblings deserved to be treated so much better.

And speaking of your siblings, I know you feel a sense of responsibility for them, so I'm very happy to learn that they are doing well. I'm sure that leaves you feeling a lot more at ease. And I do hope you are in some form of counselling in order to help you deal with the emotional stuff, Morningsong, because the emotional stuff has left wounds; wounds that need healing. Counselling can also help you when it comes to your personal goal—such a commendable goal, I might add—of helping abused children. I too hope you live to see, and make, that goal happen.

Oh, and one more thing, Morningsong, I sincerely hope your siblings know what a wonderfully caring and loving sister they have in you.

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


Aug 13, 2008
I know how you feel...
by: Francine

Morningsong, I understand what it's like to have a disturbed mother and an idiot pervert father and I'm sorry that happened to you and your siblings. Your mom must've been completely out of her mind when you told her that your dad molested you; slapping is OUT OF THE QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you tried counselling yet? Hang in there sweetie!

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