How dissociative identity disorder saved my life

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My Dad is a monster.

My Dad forced me to endure a childhood full of horrific abuse.

Living with a monster is hard and it took a lot to simply survive.

My survival strategy as a tiny child was to develop a whole lot of other people who could cope with what I could not.

Jeni Haynes (60 Minutes)
I didn’t know you’re only supposed to have one personality.

My other personalities saved my life, they kept me alive in the face of sexual, physical and emotional abuse that was extreme, overwhelming, violent, sadistic, unescapable, unavoidable and life threatening. They kept me alive despite injuries that other people would have died from.

My alter personalities are wonderful, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

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But so many people, including counsellors, believe that having multiple personalities means I am crazy. That I am a liar, I am a fantasist, an attention-seeker, a roaring nutter.

I am none of these things. I am a survivor.

I have chosen to step out of the shadows and break the secrets publicly simply to help others.

If telling my story helps someone else with Multiple Personalities (or Dissociated Identities) to be believed, to get help, to get justice, to put their abuser in jail it is worth it.

I have come forward to tell my story to make people aware that people with MPD (multiple personality disorder) or DID (dissociative identity disorder) have endured the worst abuse possible and survived.

We just need help to tell the stories of the abuse we have endured, to be believed, to be heard and to be helped to get justice.

For so many years those of us with MPD/DID have been denied justice. Our abusers have got away with it.

Our diagnosis has been an insurmountable barrier to justice, and we have been turned away, disbelieved.

But this has now changed.



I have made legal history by disclosing my abuse, seeking justice, and testifying as a Multiple.

I have proved my allegations and secured a guilty verdict against my Dad.

I sincerely hope that I have made it easier for others with MPD/DID to take their own justice journey and to get the justice they deserve.

Now, at last, MPD/DID is recognised legally as a valid survival strategy and response to abuse, and the barrier has been smashed.

If you have MPD/DID and want justice, go for it. Don’t let your diagnosis stand in your way. Justice is now possible.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019

https://www.9news.com.au/national/60-minutes-jeni-haynes-dissociative-identity-disorder-child-abuse-survival/40677546-b4b0-44cb-b4ce-46883339a5a8
 

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