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Aug 16, 2008
A "blueprint"...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Peter, you've addressed such an important issue here about punishment at times being an issue of child abuse, both at the moment it is happening and as a possible forerunner to it. Excessive punishment, punishment lacking foundation, or punishment without a stated reason imposed on a child not only leaves a lifetime emotional scar, the effects are far-reaching well into adulthood. There is little doubt in my mind that the man whose wife left him with the children all those years ago himself was bashed about as a child, and by the time his parent realized what was happening, it was too late. I can only hope that this "blueprint" does not become the footprint of humanity.

Thank you, Peter, for so thoughtfully sharing these two experiences.

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

Aug 25, 2008
When does Discipline become Abuse?
by: Anonymous

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

Aug 26, 2008
To Anonymous:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

In order to free up time for website projects, I have had to suspend my Ask Darlene feature on this site; I cannot permit these individual comment threads to become a back door for queries that would otherwise be submitted through that page. I have therefore removed your original comment. Having said this, you suspect child abuse. Please contact the appropriate child protection services in your area to make a report.

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

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