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Can anyone help?? - December 29th 2011, 08:26 PM

I'm not sure what to do.., I'm driven myself crazy!! I was abused by my stepdad when I was around 7, yes he is in jail now. But I been driving my self crazy with all the guilt I feel!! I saw a pic if my stepdad lil sis and began to cry because I though what have I done we were best friends and were suppose to grow up together, it hurt me so bad because I thought what have I done to mine and his family! I've never felt with my abuse and I don't know how!! I need guidance to help me deal or cope!! Can anyone help me?? I'm tried of trying to reach out and no one being there!!
   
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Re: Can anyone help?? - December 29th 2011, 08:49 PM

It's okay don't stress out, everything will be fine. As for him being in jail, don't feel guilty it's not your fault. It's his fault and you should be okay with, or glad, that he's in jail. You can talk to friends or a counculer about this and they can help. You could also find some other people that have been in your situation that are in a group and talk to them about what happend to you. This could really help you.
   
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Re: Can anyone help?? - December 29th 2011, 08:52 PM

Hey there,

I'm so sorry that you were abused by your step-dad. It's a terrible thing to get abused and then try to overcome the pain and guilt of it. However, it's NOT your fault. You did the right thing by reporting him to the authorities and you are doing the right thing by reaching out for help. It's important that you talk about this abuse with someone, perhaps a professional. Have you ever thought about attending counseling sessions? If you don't feel comfortable with that, you could always talk with another trusted adult or a friend. Talking is all apart of the healing process. Once you start talking, you'll feel a bit better every single day. Some of the coping skills I found and used after I was abused by my ex-boyfriend are: Writing - it really helps to write out your emotions. Whether it be a poem, story, song, heck even random words; it helps. Drawing - I'm a bad artist so I doodled out different things that represented how I was feeling. Honestly, most pieces came out beautiful; because it was drawn with emotion and true feelings. Listening to & singing music - I found different artists and song lyrics that helped me get through the abuse. It was really hard at first but most lyrics can be inspiring to get through this tragic event. Learn to love yourself - it's important for you and the recovery process to remember that you are strong and you can get through this. You did the right thing and you will only get stronger from here on out. You are amazing for what you did and even though I don't know you, I'm really proud of you!

I hope I helped a little. I'm always around if you'd like to talk.

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