this is a tough, but important and inspiring read. Keep being strong, and spreading information like you do. That is the way abuse can be prevented, by increasing knowledge and awareness.
A common question asked of abuse survivors by people who have not been abused is this: “Why did you let it happen?” or “Why didn’t you leave sooner?” or they will make statements like, “I thought you were smarter than that!” or “I would never stand for that kind of treatment!” all while looking at you like you’ve just sprouted another head.
Our stories are different, but they have some common themes, one of which I would like to address with my posts here, and that is how an otherwise strong, intelligent person can get sucked into a pattern of abuse and why we stay so much longer than we should.
My story starts with molestation at the hands of my Passive/Aggressive (PA) father. Ironically, my Mom instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I wanted to do if I just put my mind to it and…
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