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May 12, 2008
You are NOT abnormal...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You said, "I am not a normal person today." Rachelle, none of us can be defined as "normal." Very few of us come out of childhood unscathed in some way, especially those of us who came from childhood abuse. You certainly had more than your share of adversity to deal with; and for that, you have been physically, sexually and emotionally affected, well into your adulthood. But that doesn't make you tainted. Nor does it make you abnormal. It makes you a person who grew up with abuse. A person who makes choices for herself that are unhealthy. But you CAN change that. As a child you had no power; but as an adult you have the power to make decisions for yourself (and your children) that are healthy. But you can't do this by yourself.

Rachelle, counselling can help you with the emotional turmoil of being sexually molested by an uncles you loved and trusted, and with the feelings of betrayal and abandonment you've experienced because of a mother who abandoned you, a grandmother and elderly uncle who failed to protect you, and an extended family who chose to ignore the clear signs of sexual abuse rather than step up to keep you safe from harm. You weren't treated with the respect and dignity you deserved as a child. Treat yourself now with that respect and dignity. The best gift you can give to your children is to take good care of their mother.

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

May 12, 2008
Baffled in Alabama
by: Linda

I will never in a million years figure out what rock all these child molesters crawled out from under! Rachelle, you are the normal one in that family you came from. Not your uncle or your mother. If your deaf 72 year old babysitter heard you screaming, he probably knew what was going on. He was wrong for not helping you. separate yourself from those "~ABNORMAL~people. You're a grown-up woman now.You be the one in control and don't punish yourself for what your uncle did to you.You were an innocent child and he needs to rot in prison for the rest of his miserable life. Thank you for sharing your story, I don't feel so alone now.

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