your avatar and screen name take me back to my youth.
you are certainly NOT alone.
you can be as connected and engaged here as you want to be. take it easy at first - as it can be overwhelming.
but join in as you feel able and know that you will be welcomed, accepted and respected.
i hope you will quickly feel at home here and benefit from the resources and relationships here.
"the scariest thing about abuse of any shape or form, is, in my opinion, not the abuse itself, but that if it continues it can begin to feel commonplace and eventually acceptable."
- Alan Cumming, "Not My Father's Son"