Very moving posts, JP and Derek-
I almost thought you said your dad went hunting FOR your abuser-Derek.
(I'm reading this on my small IPhone screen
That is the f@**'ing crux of his for so many of us-our parents failed to protect or defend us-no wonder they are invested in denial-fear of that truth will haunt a person for life-I've witnessed it.
Imagine how your life would have been different if the abisewere not covered up or glossed over: "what happened to you was wrong-it was a violation of who you are-and you are worthy, lovable, and DESERVING of safety and we will ALWAYS be there for you."
Funny, that's the message I get from you guys here at MS-it's what I've been waiting to hear for years.
I'm gonna go cry now