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I can't sleep at night. - May 15th 2012, 04:51 AM

The abuse started when I was eight.
He was my father. Well, he still is. By blood.
It went on for five years. Five years, my dad abused me sexually.
When I was thirteen, I finally told my mom.
We didn't press charges. I still, to this day, do not regret my decision in not pressing charges.

Lately, though, I've been dreaming of him. I can constantly feel his greedy hands...

How the hell am I supposed to sleep, if he won't even let me breathe?
   
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Re: I can't sleep at night. - May 15th 2012, 02:52 PM

Hey there.

I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that but I'm glad that you've told your mom and got away. It's okay to not press charges. A lot of people don't and if you thought it's what was best, then it probably was. To address your dreams and the feelings, I think it'd be best to talk to someone. Someone such as a therapist or counsellor. Talking about what happened to you will be beneficial to you and they may give you coping techniques for the dreams and lack of sleep. If you don't think that a counsellor is an option, you can use at home techniques. Some things that I've found help me is going for a run right before bed - it relaxes my mind and well, it exhausts me, so that way I sleep with no thoughts. Another thing that helps is Yoga/Pilates. It's designed as meditation to relax the mind, body, muscles, etc. and it really does help. Writing is also another great technique. What I like to do is write out the flashback and burn the paper. To me, it symbolizes letting go and moving on. Although it's not that easy, as time goes on it does get easier.

Take care, I'm here if you ever need to talk.

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Re: I can't sleep at night. - May 15th 2012, 04:11 PM

I'm sorry your dad abused you! That sick and mean... I know how you feel with those thoughts and you feel uncomfortable about what happen... I hope this helped.

You try and listen to music, something calming and pray to God to keep the thoughts from coming back, also if you are in prayer you might fall asleep, leading him to put you into a restful slumber.

I hope all work out well and that advice works...

I do the praying as I am a believer.

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Re: I can't sleep at night. - May 16th 2012, 06:32 PM

I can relate to what you are saying about the abuse and the sleepless nights it will get better but it takes time, if you ever need someone to talk to Im here just PM me.
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