Farmer Boy, Human, Sam, Crazy Gecko, SoccerStar, Seikei, genedebs, Smart shadow, Pero, derrick -

heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support, acceptance, affirmation and encouragement. i don't know how it works - but i truly felt strength and stability through the day - knowing you were behind me.

Originally Posted By: genedebs
If you can't reach out to the victim, you can let the counselor know that youi RE AVAILABLE TO ASSURE HIM THAT HE IS NOT ALONE AND IT CAN BE o k to seek help and share with "his brothers."

this is a good suggestion. i will mention it to our counsellor. she knows about the bullying and the parental physical and verbal abuse that i experienced - but i don't think i have ever revealed much about the CSA - maybe just hinted at it. i will tell her more and offer to be a resource if she thinks it would help. that will be a big step for me to take - but it would make me feel less helpless, i think. maybe less like a victim and more like a survivor.

As my life goes on I believe somehow something's changed
Something deep inside...
I've been searchin so long to find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning
Now I see myself as I am, feeling very free...
When my tears have come to an end I will understand
What I left behind: a part of me. Chicago