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Jul 31, 2008
Pain into power...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Shannon, how terrifying it must have been to be left alone when you were so young. How terrifying it must have been to always be worried about your mother. How terrifying it must have been to have been raped by someone you trusted, and then to be all alone, scared of being pregnant as a result of that rape, and then to be so further terrified as to lie about who might be the father. And then, as if all that weren't enough, you were tossed away by the woman who had already abandoned you...only to discover that the man who was now in charge of protecting you and nurturing you and keeping you safe from harm was himself a user of cocaine. You deserved so much more than what you were dealt. You deserved loving parents who were there to ensure you had no reason to be scared. You deserved loving parents who themselves were healthy enough to ensure your good health and well-being. It is no wonder you found yourself on a rocky path in the years that followed.

But here you are now. CONGRATULATIONS on getting out of your abusive marriage. You and your children certainly are worthy of better treatment. I sincerely hope you are in some form of counselling in order to help you deal with your past and the emotional residue it has left you with. I've said this before and I'll say it again: The best gift you can give to your children is to take good care of their mother.

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me, Shannon. And bless you for the meaningful work you've chosen for yourself; you are indeed turning pain into power.

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

Jul 31, 2008
was ignored but not school phobic
by: Anonymous

***Comment left by Anonymous in this thread removed by Darlene Barriere - Webmaster***

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

Aug 03, 2008
To Anonymous:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Regarding your post, Anonymous; this thread is reserved for supportive and encouraging comments to Shannon, comments that address her particular story. In order to remain respectful to Shannon, I have removed your comments from this thread, but I will be posting what you wrote in the days to follow. I must first put together an article to identify for my visitors what the underlying issue you brought up is all about.

I thank you for your understanding.

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

Aug 08, 2008
To Anonymous regarding your comments of July 31st:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Further to my post of Aug 3rd, you'll now find your comments posted on the following page, titled Child Abuse Story From Anonymous18 with the subtitle, Was Ignored, But Not School-Phobic.

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

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