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Dec 29, 2007
Horrible abuse
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

Congratulations on finding a loving and supportive husband, Patricia. You've earned that love and support. And yes, there is ALWAYS hope.

As for your father, I agree with you. Your father cannot be trusted, even forty years later. In all likelihood, he wants to get together with you in order to ask for your forgiveness. If that is the case, his request would be all about him; not about you or your sisters. Nor would it be about acknowledging the abuse he inflicted and the enduring pain he caused each and every one of you.

Having said that, I'm glad that you have forgiven him. Only through forgiveness can you continue to move forward with your life. As I've said before, forgiveness is for YOU, not for your father. But forgiveness certainly does not mean a relationship with him.

As for the police, they should have locked up your father and thrown away the key! Shame on the entire system for failing you and your sisters.

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