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#149302 - 04/06/07 07:44 PM I am here because I feel isolated
J47 Offline
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I know we have a story to tell. After all we wouldn't be here if we didn't. Why do I feel like my story is different? Like its worse than anyone else's in here? Yet I do. I think I had the worse experirnce as a child imaginable. I feel like God was asleep while I was growing up or simply didn't care. I feel like I died and what's really left of me is a mere shell. I feel alone.

You see I was raped at 4 by my then 16 yr old cousin. But it didn't stop there. My screams were ignored by my mom when I would beg not to leave me with him, but I was just a brat that deserved to be smacked and hushed up with force. You see, I was physically abused by my overly stressed mother who at the time was mother to 7 with more on the way. My dad was never around and when he was they fought and he would force her to have sex with him. Violence was what I saw and knew as a child. Then my dad killed himself when I was 8, literally shattering any possibility of a childhood for me. My abuser continued to use me, and even introduced a young uncle of mine to me and he too used me. I felt like they were the only ones that loved me because they would pay attention to me. Yeah it hurt but so did my mother's brand of love.
I grew up and the abuse shifted to another uncle, who started using me when I turned 13 and that lasted well into my teens. I stopped protesting and instead began to give into it. I thought, heck seems like all the males in my life used me, it must be normal. I became promiscous and felt that any male attention from friends and older men alike meant that they wanted to have sex with me. I believed that all men wanted from me was sex and that is how men share intimacy.
Of course, now I know that its a disturbed way of viewing all men that way. But, I can't help it. So I am an adult, I don't trust anyone. Have attempted to commit suicide several times. Suffer from post traumatic disorder. Have 2 failed heteorsexual marriages because at the end of the day, the only sex I feel comfortable with is homosexual sex. Then that leads me to depression because I wonder if I was taught to like it and I wasn't and am not gay at all! And then that leads to other feelings of shame and guilt and on and on it goes.
I don't trust anyone and have no friends, no life nada. Like I said, I feel like a shell of a human being, walking talking, eating and going through the motions. But at the end of the day, I am dead already. I pray to God and everything but honestly I even wonder if he exists because if he does, how could he stand by and let all this crap happen to me? Why me?

J


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#149324 - 04/06/07 10:10 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: J47]
EGL Offline
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Hello, J, and welcome to MS. It sounds like you had a really tough go of things, and I'm sorry to hear it. I'm glad you found MS, though, because I think it can help you. This is a great place to let your emotions finally out about the past, and to get support from others who have been where you have. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT. All men need to know that, J. It is so very critical to the start of the healing.

Again, glad you're here and hope you can post again when you feel like it.

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Eddie

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#149340 - 04/06/07 11:00 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: EGL]
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J,

I'm so glad you found us, but so sorry to hear all the crap that has been dished out to you. There's no easy way past all this, but it does help to have other guys you can talk to and who will understand you and not judge you.

I'll just echo what Eddie has said. You've been badly messed up by others; none of it is your fault, and anyone here will understand how you have reacted in adulthood to what happened as a child. I hope you will hang on with us here. Just get used to the site, see what it has to offer, and participate as you feel comfortable.

Much love,
Larry

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#149366 - 04/07/07 01:29 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: roadrunner]
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Let me, too, welcome you J. to the site. You have experienced trauma at several levels and relationships. With so many uncles interested in you, I wonder what happened in their own childhoods and am amazed that they would let each other know what they were doing with you!! You are not alone - you'll hear that often from the members probably because that's how we all felt, alone, before coming here! This is the place to explore, ask questions,not let society put us down and to not feel alone again. We are all survivors with horrible stories! You are in the right place,J. We are here for you!!


Howard

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If you think you can or you can't - you're right!.......anon
It's never too late to have a happy childhood!.....anon
You're very normal for the abnormal situation you've been through..............S. Todd

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#149370 - 04/07/07 02:08 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: ScottyTodd]
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Welcome to Male Survivor, J, although I wish our meeting were under better circumsances. I'm glad you found the site, and I hope you find the help here that I have.


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#149441 - 04/07/07 03:05 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: Dewey2k]
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J,

I too, welcome you to our home here on the web. Glad you found us. Come on in and get acquainted. You'll begin to connect with guys and soon you'll discover that there are men here that can be trusted. Many of us have found this place to be a huge benefit in our recovery. Hope you find it the same.

Lots of love,

John

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“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy ____…! What a ride!’” ~Hunter S. Thompson

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#149765 - 04/09/07 12:39 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: WalkingSouth]
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J,

I’m so glad you did fail to take your life and that you found us here at MS.

You may have felt alone and abandoned by “God” but you are not alone here. Furthermore we understand everything that happened to you, that way you tried to live your life and how you “gave in”.

None of it was your fault.

Between myself and others that I know here at MS, we can ALL identify with EVERYTHING that was done to you and EVERYTHING that happened through your life as a result. You are not alone in where you’ve ended up today and recovery is possible.

I hope that even after reading a couple of these posts you can see some glimmer of hope, acceptance and trust. It can and does get better. Stay with us.


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#149768 - 04/09/07 12:55 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: Grunty1967b]
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Welcome, J.

I'm sad that all that happened to you. So awful. You will find many folks here who can relate to what you have endured.



Edited by FormerTexan (04/11/07 01:42 PM)
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#149803 - 04/09/07 06:50 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: FormerTexan]
J47 Offline
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Thanks guys! I really appreciate the kind words of support. What is shocking me is that all these years I was believeing that if I reached out, people would scorn me and here I feel among my own as there wasn't one word of accusation in the replies I have recieved.

I feel like I am damaged goods and yesterday I was watching a movie called "Adam and Steve", and in one scene Steve was telling Adam that while he loved him and wanted a relationship, he was afraid that both of them were damaged goods. Adam, responded that he "may be damaged goods, but he was goods nevertheless." That hit home to me, because I don't see the "goods" about myself. I try, I just can't.


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#149907 - 04/09/07 07:16 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: J47]
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J47,

You are right: not a single word of accusation. This place is about support and healing, not judgment and blame. We have all had enough of the latter already.

That feeling that you are damaged goods is something you have carried along from childhood. It's a false judgment that most survivors make about themselves, largely because as boys they blamed themselves for what was done to them by others.

You will gradually learn to challenge that feeling and it will fade, but unfortunately it's not something you can just wish away. Like everything else in recovery, you have to give it time, be gentle with yourself, and learn to acknowledge and take pride in your victories as they come.

Much love,
Larry

_________________________
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#149951 - 04/09/07 10:29 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: roadrunner]
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Quote:
I don't see the "goods" about myself. I try, I just can't.

Is it OK if we see the "goods" for you until you are able to see it for yourself? It's there, My Friend. We'll hold it safe till you can find it.

Lots of love,

John

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“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy ____…! What a ride!’” ~Hunter S. Thompson

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#149958 - 04/09/07 11:03 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: WalkingSouth]
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J,

The damaged goods feeling is common amoung abuse survivors. As they say "I've been there and have the T-shirt." You were damaged by the past, yes, but you are not damaged goods. You can heal from it, it just takes time. Everyone here will help you as you need it as well.

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Eddie

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#150001 - 04/10/07 07:24 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: EGL]
J47 Offline
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Posts: 6
I don't know what to say. I have conflicting feelings about all this. The first I can identify is sadness that it exists at all! And its not the only site designed for this purpose. The second, overwhelmed, that there are so many men out there in the same boat. Thirdly, anger that we had something taken away from us without our consent. Finally, fear that confronting my past will open up a can or worms and I'll wish I never had.

:-(


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#150008 - 04/10/07 08:34 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: J47]
roadrunner Offline
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J,

Originally Posted By: J47
Finally, fear that confronting my past will open up a can or worms and I'll wish I never had.


Many guys mention this at some point, but the answer is that the can of worms is there anyway and doing its damage whether we admit its presence or not. It's always better to open it. Yes, you are right, it will be tough and you may wish you had never done it. But the payback is worth it, let me tell you.

In any case, J, I wonder if you haven't opened the can already. You have looked for a place to talk because this is what you feel you need, right?

Remember that hanging out here puts you under no obligation. Your presence here is for YOUR benefit. Talk and post when you can and ask questions when you have them, but above all stay safe for now and just ease into things on the site as you feel comfortable with them. No one will judge or blame you here.

Much love,
Larry

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#150009 - 04/10/07 08:34 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: J47]
Dewey2k Offline
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J,

See? You aren't alone, because I think just about every survivor has those same emotions. Welcome, Brother.


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#150032 - 04/10/07 10:58 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: roadrunner]
AJC Offline
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Registered: 04/01/07
Posts: 108
Loc: Illinois, USA
J47,

From another "former Texan" let me say that we are all here for you. I'm pretty new here too, but this place is safe. The support and advice is here and I have found myself "hanging out" here just soaking it all up. I advise you to do the same. It's great to feel less alone. That is how I feel when I come here.

Less alone.

-Andrew


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#150518 - 04/12/07 04:22 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: roadrunner]
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Welcome to MS J. I am sorry to hear what has happened to you.Please remember it was NOT your fault. you have made a big step in the right direction just by opening up.

duncan

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you dont see me. i am not really here. Its my fault.. all of it. I am to blame and no one else.

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#150657 - 04/13/07 11:31 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: roadrunner]
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Loc: Marlboro, MA 01752
J47,

I feel like damaged goods for all sorts of reasons, but lately I've moved up to the dented cans section: intact but willng to face things. Ain't got any holes, the label is torn but I know that inside I have a lot of good stuff to offer. Take me as I am because I am full of surprises.

No one points a finger at me saying look at that can, ain't that disgusting. No. They just say welcome fellow dented can, you are home.

Don't give up.

I haven't had any princes kiss me lately, but 'hope springs eternal.'

froggy 12

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#151418 - 04/18/07 07:49 AM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: froggy12]
J47 Offline
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Froggy,

I have been holding on. I brought two children into the world and while dealing with all the horrors of my childhood, I have been determined to protect them as much as humanly possible from the evils that seek out to harm children. While not completely out of the woods with them yet they are now mature and strong individuals capable to defending themselves against it. They have given me ample reason to hold on. However, aside from the joy of seeing them grow into the beautiful people they are today, I am in the deepest part of my psyche and soul, so alone. It is cold there, a place I know intimately and to this day it seems as no one else has ever been able to follow me there.
I am sure you can relate. Its like visiting a grave and I know very well who is buried there. Yet, I can't seem to cry about it. But I want to scream because its me at age 4!


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#151491 - 04/18/07 02:27 PM Re: I am here because I feel isolated [Re: J47]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA
J,

Can I ask you if you have a T? The reason I ask is that in order to recover we have to allow ourselves to feel again - and that means going back to all the feelings that terrified us as boys. A good T will know how all this works and will be able to guide you through with a minimum of new pain and trauma.

Much love,
Larry

_________________________
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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