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Dec 14, 2007
Forgive and forget . . .
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

While I agree with you on the forgiveness aspect—I've written many articles and comments on that very topic—I vehemently disagree with your position on forgetting, Katrina. Because regardless of whether or not you forgive (forgiveness is not for the other person, the abuser; it's for you, the survivor), you will never forget. Perhaps what you are trying to say is that through forgiveness, a survivor will let go of the hate and anger and torment. If that is what you are trying to say, I do agree with you.

To my visitors: Exchange with an Abuser and My comments on Vanessa'a story Sept 20 "A cathersis" are two pages on my site that discuss the subject of forgiveness. Also, the June 2007 issue of Barriere Bits e-zine discussed the matter under "Ask Darlene." Subscribe today FREE in order to gain access to the back issues. Next issue is due in your inbox next Tuesday, December 18, 2007.

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

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