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Hi Everyone,

I'm Marg and I was sexually abused as a child. I'm 60 now and still dealing with the effects. Actually, I was doing pretty well and thought I had most of my issues dealt with. Then over the past month the whole Catholic church thing has been in the news and I found myself getting furious. I was so ticked at the church for minimizing the abuse, not standing up for the victims and passing the blame.

As the weeks have gone on my anger has increased to the point where I realized I needed to take a look at myself to see if I could figure out why I was getting so darn mad. It took a bit of contemplation and some journalling, but eventually I discovered that I was mad because they were acting just like my Dad did when I tried to tell him about the abuse I experienced. I was 10 or 11 and I finally got up the courage to tell. Well, the whole thing was minimized and I certainly was not protected. In fact, I was left to fend for myself. Then I realized that I still have anger issues at my Dad over this and I knew I needed to take another go at dealing with the abuse. I think I've dealt with the actual abuse fairly well, actually, but I sure haven't dealt with my issues around my father.

Anyway, I hope to get some support here as I go through this process and also hope to be able to offer support to others who are on this journey as well. It's good to find a place like this where it is safe to vent and to discuss how we feel.

Ilook forward to getting to know the people here and being a positive contributor.


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Hi there.

Welcome to AS.

I hope you find this site to be helpful.


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Hi Marg,

My name is Lynn, and I am a member of the New Member Support Team. I just wanted to take the time to say welcome to After Silence.

I hope that you find comfort and support here. I know that I have found the strength to face another day many times through the words and presence of AS members. I am glad that you have joined with us and look forward to getting to know you. If you need anything or have questions about the boards or how something works, please send me a personal message. I will gladly help in any way possible...also if you need someone to listen, let me know.

Take care,

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I hope you are finding your way around the boards ok.


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hi marg.

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I hope you are doing good. Thinking about you.


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