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I've known Monsters

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I’ve known Monsters.

There was a boy. He was abused and violated. Grew to be a monster. Violent and abusive.

Locked up in prison, for hurting women and children. A convicted sex offender.

He raped my mother. He is my father.

I understand where he came from. There are no excuses for the horrors that he committed.

I love him.

There was a girl. She was abused and violated. Grew to be a monster. Violent and abusive.

She projected her hurt and anger, onto others. Like the man before her,

Targeting the vulnerable, and avoiding all responsibility.

She is my mother.

I understand where she came from. There are no excuses for the horrors that she committed.

I love her.

There was a boy. He was abused and violated. Grew to be a monster. Violent and abusive.

Used others to vent his rage on, his self-loathing and disgust. Afflicting power over like the two before him.

He is my stepfather.

I understand where he came from. There are no excuses for the horrors that he committed.

I love him.

There was a boy. He was abused and violated. Told he would grow to be a monster. That he would be violent and abusive, like those before him.

I vowed not to. Dedicated my life to facing my past, honouring the truth, breaking the cycles.

Went to therapy, changed my life.

I understand where I came from. There were never any excuses.

I love me.

There are children, boys and girls. Abused and violated. They know monsters. They know violence and abuse.

I work with them and their families, ensuring that their path will be different. That they have the love and self-worth that I and my parents never had.

I understand where these children came from. I show them that there are no excuses.

I love them.

With love

Tim

This article was first published on Facebook and Linkedin August 26, 2021.

Copyright© Tim Tipene, 2021.

I've known Monsters, by Tim Tipene

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