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Mar 11, 2009
Tell someone again...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Your mother's husband is a dangerously violent man, Shae. Please contact Child Help at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) in order to talk to someone about the abuse you and your siblings have had to endure, and quite likely will continue to endure. They are staffed 24/7 with professionally trained counsellors who will listen to you. They are not a reporting agency, although they can help you through the process of reporting if you decide to disclose the abuse. Even though CPS completed their investigation, if this man continues to abuse, then it needs to be reported; otherwise, you and your siblings will continue to be in danger. The fact that your mother and her husband coached you all to not tell about the spanking and hitting is a clear sign that they know they are doing something wrong. Especially since spanking a child for discipline purposes is not illegal in the USA. Much as I find that law repugnant and terribly misguided, it is the law. However, even though parents have the right to physically discipline their children, they do not have the right to use unreasonable force or to harm them. Talk to a school counsellor or a trusted teacher about your fears and your depression; s/he should be able to offer you some additional resources. You deserve that, Shae. You and your siblings do not deserve to be mistreated or emotionally abused. You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You deserve to loved and nurtured without fear of what will happen to you and your siblings next. Your mother and her husband are wrong to hurt you. Reach out to someone who can help you. And tell them what your friend's father did to you too. While I'm delighted that you told your friend's mother, he should be reported to the proper authorities; otherwise, he will likely molest another child, quite likely his own daughter. In fact, he probably already IS molesting her. Tell, tell and tell again...until you get the help you so desperately need, Shae.

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Mar 17, 2009
please do
by: Anonymous

wow ....Please contact that hotline... your life can be so much better..don't be scared contact the hotline and help your siblings. they will thank you one day!! PLEASE!

May 25, 2009
Get Help
by: Not Broken !!!!

You don't have to be on the street. There is places that can help you. I do know its hard to trust. About your brother and sister going back...its the only life they know. They are worn down and don't know what else to do. You're smart, you want more. Take a step forward and get help. You're a strong person. You want a better life. Please try and get help. Trust someone to help you.

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