Ask Auntie Linda, Straight Talk from a Straight Shooter

Auntie Linda

Dear Auntie Linda, my 29 year-old daughter, Steffie, fled to my home late one Friday evening battered and beaten.  She had been fighting with her husband Rob after their 7-year-old son stumbled onto pictures of his father having sex with transgender man who was a friend of theirs.  We called the police.  Rob spent three nights in jail while Steffie showed me and my husband, Mike(Steffie’s stepfather) many pornographic pictures and messages she’d found.  She intended to leave him, but bailed him out so he could get back to work with intentions of filing order of protection.

Once he was out, he convinced Steffie to reconcile.  My husband and I were horrified at her waffling and taking her six and seven year olds back into this mess.  No doubt He convinced Steffie she couldn’t make it on her own.  Mike and I were very upset and encouraged Steffie to take the children and get out.  She refused, saying they’d just built a house and gotten the kids in a good school district.  The result is, Steffie is furious at Mike and me.  We are now troublemakers interfering in her marriage and made up the whole thing.  We weren’t allowed to see the children for weeks, since we’d “turn them against their parents and lie to them.”  Recently, they have started allowing the kids to get off the bus here again, since babysitting became a huge issue, but Steffie won’t come in, except to threaten us if she heard we’d told the children any of our lies.  We are being held hostage.

The sad fact of the matter is, Steffie is following in my footsteps.  I stayed married to her father for years, even though he drank, cheated, beat us, and never supported us.  He was addicted to porn.  I would have never had the courage to leave him, knowing he might have killed me.  The final humiliation was when he walked out on me before I had a masectomy for breast cancer because he didn’t want “no hacked up, titless old bitch.”

We ended up  moving in with my sister and went on welfare while I went back to school and got enough skills to get a job.

I feel awful knowing Steffie is following in my footsteps.  I traveled the path before she did.  She throws that in my face now, saying I am no better than she is.

I feel responsible for mess of Steffie’s life and know just how scared she is to get out.  I am worried about Steffie and the children.  How can I help her?  Been There

Dear Been There, This is a sad, but not uncommon situation. sounds like a real mess at Steffie’s house.   Even though Steffie saw you in the same situation, she is an adult now and responsible for her own life.  Neither of you can change the past.  It’s good you’re able to be with the children.  I know you will be alert to any signs or talk of abuse.  The children definitely need a safe place.  Steffie may get enough and need your help before too long and be desperate enough to accept your help.  Right now, all you can do is be there for the little ones.  Don’t fail report any signs of abuse.  Auntie Linda

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13 thoughts on “Ask Auntie Linda, Straight Talk from a Straight Shooter

  1. Abuse and trauma are a cumulative process. The “just leave” mentality when the limbic brain has witnessed it since childhood, is an ignorant expectation. Women are not abused because they are stupid. They are abused because that is what was presented to them their whole lives as “love” and what love is. They have to come to the realization that those who claimed to “love” them were not capable and they need to love themselves enough to leave and put the rest in God’s hands. Sadly only 50% will get there because this is not a supportive society. A court system that routinely demands visitation after they have left so that the abuse can continue to influence confused children is barbaric and only continues the cycle. A society that thinks all behavior is choice is uninformed. The brain of a sociopathic person is actually physically different. They are not capable of love or empathy. That is a hard pill to swallow once you start connecting the dots.

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  2. A little confused why he was jailed, it sure wasn’t worded like he was showing the kids porn. There is no mention of physical abuse, or abuse of any kind toward the children. The man is a cheater, in where is that against the law (other than Muslim countries where it likely would have been a lot worse than a few days in jail, especially with the indiscretion being with another man)? I feel for Steffie, but I wonder how it is that her husband went to jail.

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