He didn’t protect me,
he made me available.
He didn’t love me,
he used me.
He didn’t teach me,
he frightened me.
I cried silently,
so he wouldn’t hear.
Still, I wanted to stay with him forever.
When I needed him as a child,
his priorities conflicted.
When it mattered the most,
he betrayed me.
A witness for the defense,
he took his side, and protected my abuser.
Still, I loved him and needed his love in return.
I left at 14, seeking haven with other loved ones.
He told me I was a gold-digger.
He called me a meal ticket.
He told me to go to hell.
Still, I cried for him often.
He stopped talking to me completely.
He sent a Christmas card back ‘return to sender’.
Still, I kept that unopened card because of his handwriting.
And then he died.
Suddenly, unexpected, young.
With no apologies,
no admission of guilt,
no acceptance of responsibility.
And he left me an orphan at 25.
I have found closure to be fleeting.
acceptance a struggle,
and emotions overwhelming.
He was my father.
but only in name.
by: Shanon Page
Looking for Ways to Connect With Other Survivors and/or Receive Support as You Heal?
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Hi, I am Shanon
I am a trauma informed, trained, and Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Wisconsin. I am also a survivor with years committed to my own trauma healing after being diagnosed with (C) PTSD due to childhood abuse. Additionally, I have a professional and personal history of community facilitation and peer work.
I specialize in helping survivors like you make connections between real time experiences and past trauma wounds, identify and communicate boundaries, create self-care plans that work, navigate big emotions and trauma responses, reparent your inner child, and embody your own self-worth through the healing process with confidence and personal empowerment.
These support groups and 1:1 peer support sessions should not replace professional therapy; they will however provide additional support and information.