Dear Steve and Shirley,
My dad has always affected my life, for the bad. He was verbally abusive and was never fully there for me. He has always seemed to put women before his kids, especially me. What has cut me deep is that he has continually done it and I don’t feel comfortable talking to him anymore or visiting him at his home. It feels like I have been raped over and over again and I have shut down.
Last year, he once again let a woman who has no education, come between us and that was the stick that broke the camel’s back. I don’t even know why he is dating this woman. I started using drugs and although I am not using as much, it still lingers. I went into a deep depression with much prayer to God, but I still feel very hurt. I feel like my dad robbed me of so much and don’t know why I had to be the one without a great dad. I am a poster child for men who don’t need daughters. This is how you grow up. Alone because no man loves you, not even dad, and because of that you don’t love yourself.
I need help getting over this. Thanks.