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Jan 12, 2012
Sarah:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You need someone to talk to. Please contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone about your fears. They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you. They are not a reporting agency. Visit their website by copying & pasting the following URL into your browser: http://www.childhelp.org/get_help

You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and love. Always remember that. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Jan 12, 2012
school counsellor....
by: My Two Cents

Sarah,

What your step dad is doing is WRONG.

I don't know the full story behind what the school counsellor's behaviour but what you wrote "the school counsellor won't do nothing" I think, is very disturbing.

The school counsellor is one of a group of professionals that is required by law and their professional lisencing bodies to report suspected child abuse to child welfare. What you wrote in your story is physical child abuse.

The fact that the counsellor is apparently not reporting it to child welfare is cause for concern. I hope you call one of the hotlines listed on this site and check into reporting this so that you and your siblings are safe from your step dad.

This is NOT your fault. It is scary that someone who is probably three times your size is using physical force against you. It is unfortunate that nobody around you - teachers, counsellors, friend's parents, doctors, nurses, etc - have realized what is happening and acted to report it and get you help and protection. It's not fair that you have to be your own advocate now, when you should be a kid, in order to keep yourself safe.

I really hope you keep seeking help, from your teachers, the police, one of the hotlines listed on this site, your doctor, whomever. You deserve to be safe and cherished.

Be well.

My Two Cents.

Jan 12, 2012
Best Help Yet
by: Davina

Sweetheart, I made the mistake of not getting help at a very young age when I attended elementary. I went to my counselor numerous times but she never did anything because I never told her what my father did, I would cry continuously because I used to be scared of getting an "s" on my weekly report. I only got one...it was always for talking but honey, I did not deserve to be treated the way I was by my dad. Everyday I feared for my life and I felt no one could help me, I never went to any other kid for help in elementary. I was great at keeping my life at home a secret. I made her promise to tell no one and every time she'd ask me "Well what happens if you get an "s" Davina?" I responded with getting "grounded"..I lied and that was the worst thing I could have possibly done. I lied and once I told that lie, it led to more and it led to me never being able to tell the truth to anyone of what was really occurring at home. You don't want this happening to you sweety because let me tell you, my Dad was the EXACT same way, if not worse. Believe me, I've been there and that road is not pretty. It's harder to get help when you get older because then adults suspect you of lying and no one feels you're worthy enough to help. You've done the first step and come to the right place for help. That's a heck of a lot better than what I did at my age, which was nothing. My father monitored my every move. Get help! Contact the hotline. It was very brave of you to even post this, do it before it's too late sweety. You still have a chance, people will believe you. Go to your counselor and TRY again. DO NOT GIVE UP. That's what your father wishes for you to do and he bases everything he does upon fear. Fear is what makes them believe they can get away with doing what think is "right". Best of wishes. Please listen. It will only get worse. I'm 17 and I didn't escape until just a couple months ago.

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