People Can't Always Handle the Truth...So I Kept Quiet

In my last post, I started to tell the story of how, as a 15-year-old, I was sexually abused by a teacher from my secondary school. In this next post, I pick up where I left off – May 1997, and Mr D had made his first move, kissing me after a staff cricket match.Around the end of June, my year were due to undertake their work experience placements....more

#274 Present, Day 12 of 31

Third of the way through......more

Be Not the Passenger

Be Not the Passenger ...more

Treating Parenthood as a Privilege

What kind of story do we see in the news just about every day? Incidents of child abuse. When it comes to child abuse, the statistics in the United States are unnerving. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in the United States a child is abused or neglected every 36 seconds....more

Wee lambies need love

Riding the train home from work, in my typical ‘don’t bother me I am asleep’ non sleeping pose, I heard a new born cough. It was one of those wet phlegmy coughs. Through half opened eyes I noticed a young mother across from me. Ever the people watcher I was on full alert. The mother was about sixteen, the baby was too young to be in such a public place being that ill....more

Words Of Another 'Throw-Away Child'... My Brother

  Words From Another 'Throw-Away Child'... My BrotherBy Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny GeeBeing a throw away child, Iremember a long period of time when I walked alone, I had no one I could trustor count on, what mattered to me meant nothing to anyone, I was the only onethat saw the things that I saw. I saw my aunt drive a man to suicide, and bitchbecause he did it, I saw my cousin dance naked before his sister and her younger...more

Father's Day and Jerry Sandusky

Father's Day is not a fun one for me.  As some of you know, my father is a child molester and I was one of his victims.  I know I am not alone in experiencing mixed emotions during Father's Day and some have different reasons than my own.  However, there are some great dads out there and they deserve to be honored.  If you are one of those dads, and you know who are even if you did not receive a new drill or tie, Happy Father's Day.  Keep up the good work.  Your kids need you....more
 @Isabel_Anders Thank you for this. I agree and appreciate your voice.more

It's Okay to Let Your Baby Cry

She just wouldn't. stop. crying. I walked her. I bounced her. I shushed her. She cried. I offered the breast. The pacifier. A bottle. My finger tip. She wailed. I changed her diaper. I changed her clothes. I gently washed her face and burped her. She shrieked. I begged. I pleaded. I wept. She screamed. For hours, this went on. My breasts engorged, ached, and flooded my shirt with milk she wouldn't drink. Tears streamed down my face while my heart raced and my blood pressure rose....more
The memories of my inconsolable daughter's wailing kept me from having another baby for 9 years! ...more

Healing Sexual Abuse

On our BlogHer profiles, our avatars are proudly displayed and also appear every time we comment.Visually representing ourselves by only a small square is a challenge. Some wondrous creativity comes into play as informative, decorative and sometimes humorous images are produced.I get a kick every time I go to my profile to check on my own BlogHer Followers, because look who I see right next to each other:...more
 @Isabel_Anders We love seeing you, Isabel!more