ON FATHER'S DAY

How to honor a father... even when there has been abuse

Effects of abuse healed

Father's Day was always very difficult for me.

For many years my mother, brother, and I suffered cruel mental and physical abuse from my dad. In those days I thought that all families lived the way we did. When the media finally began discussing familial abuse in the 1970s, I realized that our family was not at all like most other families and that we fit all the criteria for a dys-functional family. When I realized that, Father's Day became even more repugnant to me.

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