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I'm  really glad I found this group.  I'm a survivor of csa and dv. I was abused by my father brother and ex-husband.

I'm now engaged to a wonderful man.

I'm  having a  medical crisis right now.  Not quite ready to talk about it.

Thanks Patti 

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Hi Patti and welcome.

I am sorry  for all the pain you endured by people you should have been able to trust. It wasn't fair, nor deserved. I am glad you found our community tho. Our members are truly supportive, kind and understanding. You are not alone.

Feel free to take your time...look around first and become comfortable. There is no pressure for you to discuss what you aren't ready too. It's understandable, as this is new to you. It's a big step to just join...other steps will come in their own time. 

I do wish you well as you continue this journey of healing.



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Hello, Patti! Welcome to AS! I'm glad that you found your way here, though I'm terribly sorry for what you've experienced. You didn't deserve any of it. None of it was your fault, either. You'll meet a lot of very friendly and supportive people here...you're not alone. Take all the time you need in exploring the site and posting where you feel comfortable. There's no rush in opening up. ❤️ Best wishes to you; sending you lots of support!


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Welcome @Patti19 to After Silence.  I’m sorry for what brought you here but I’m happy you are here reaching out for support.  Good job taking this step in your healing process.  You are not alone and what happened to you wasn’t your fault.  Take your time exploring and post when you are ready.  If you have any questions feel free to message me. 

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Dear pattie19


I am sorry for all that you have been through.   You have been so brave in reaching out to us, please know that this is never easy!   We are all here for you and we want to support you.  You're not alone in your healing journey and are always welcome to lean on us for extra support.  You can post as much or as little as you like.  We are here to support you in the way you need.  I have found this community to be very helpful.  Everyone is so understanding and non-judgmental and I am hoping you feel the same way once you've gotten to know us a little.   


All my best,




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