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Nov 04, 2008
So glad you told...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Tiffany, it took a great deal of courage for you to tell your mother what was happening to you. I'm delighted that she believed you and then acted on the information.

As for the issue of consent...consent doesn't enter into the picture here, Tiffany. A child cannot consent to having sexual relations with a parent. So whether or not your biological father considered what you said that time in front of the TV (or any other time, for that matter) as "consent", this isn't even a word that should be used. The man who was your biological father was perverted in his thinking and in his actions. He took advantage of your inability to prevent what was happening to you and your vulnerabilities of youth. There can be no excuses for his warped and inappropriate behaviour toward you. You were the child; he was the adult. Don't EVER think what he did to you was your fault; It WASN'T your fault. It will never BE your fault. The blame and responsibility lies squarely with him. The fact that he isn't in jail right now, unable to access and molest other little girls is very disturbing.

I do hope you are in some form of counselling, Tiffany. A counsellor can help you to put some of this into perspective and help you deal with the emotional residue of sexual assault. You are certainly worth that kind of help.

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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

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