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    Posted June 16, 2014 by
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    Forgiveness Not Permission

    I have tried to contact Dr. Phil, because I feel I have a story to tell which is why I wrote my book, Forgiveness Not Permission by Beth Kozine on Amazon. I was sexually abused as a child by my stepfather. Unlike most children I told my mother. The stepfather admitted to it, and although confronted, my mother kept me in the prison of abuse until I got married at 18. She was manipulative and deceiving. Had I realized the true extent of what I was going to go through and that it wasn't my responsibility to keep either one of them in my life, I would have severed ties a long time ago. Unfortunately, I didn't sever ties until 2 years ago, when he made a pass at me at my daughter's wedding and the next day at his own mother's funeral. My mother as usual defended him and said he didn't mean it although my husband actually witnessed it. I want to be the voice of so many, that are suffering from abuse such as this in the present and a voice to those that are trying to recover. Please give us a voice. IL's statute of limitations is up, therefore I cannot prosecute> This man could be victimizing more children or men for that matter. I want to do whatever I can to bring these pedophiles to justice.

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