Take A Good Look
I’m not writing this looking or asking for sympathy from anyone, I am bearing some of the darkness of my childhood to truly open your eyes. This is a truly sensitive subject for me as I was a victim of both familial and spousal abuse and no one stepped up to help me as a kid, and only one out of many stepped up in my relationship to stop it. So many people say oh but I didn’t know but I honestly wonder if it’s that they didn’t or didn’t want to see the ugly truth staring them in the face. Others use the excuse it’s not their place to get involved or it was the victim’s fault for not coming out and saying it straight forward or not leaving. It’s a bullshit excuse and in seriously poor judgment to ever blame the victim especially if you have never been through that situation you have no idea why they do or do not do certain things, and most times it is out of fear for their safety or very life!
As a child both my parents were extremely abusive, it started with my father in the younger years and my entire family knew and did nothing. They left two innocent little girls to be brutalized at the hands of a drunken monster! I was told well why didn’t you ever go to a teacher or the police? You wanna know why because we were told in no uncertain terms if we opened our mouths we would seriously regret it, but people saw bruises and heard the screaming and violence. Sometimes neighbors would call police or children’s services and our parents would lie when they came out and back then they questioned the kids with parent present you didn’t dare speak out, if you did it was going to get a lot worse not better. Sure my mom would take us and leave for a few months when things got serious enough that she thought she would lose her welfare check if we were taken or we would be sent to stay with relatives for a little while but we always had to go back in the end and it always escalated every time.
In the later teenage years my mother grew abusive and again everyone knew and did nothing, my best friend’s dad worked for the local sheriff’s department and he saw the signs so he would let me spend as much time as I wanted at his house to keep me away from it. My mother used the excuse she became an abuser because our father abused her too, but that was only to her sisters she never tried to justify it to us and always lied to law enforcement or anyone who was trying to help for local services.
Later in life I think I was so blinded by my need to get away from an abusive family that I accidentally fell into the arms of an abusive man. It started with words and controlling my every word and move and escalated sexually and physically. It got to a point where there was no way out, nowhere to go and even if there would have been no way to get there and no way to contact anyone, he kept me secluded all to himself as his personal punching bag and sex toy. He worked with friends of mine and he bragged about the things he did (after I was helped to escape one of them told me), yet they did nothing, needless to say I don’t have anything to do with them anymore. My family knew but what did they care they were just like him and funny how they were so taken with him. I’ll admit so was I in the beginning he was so charming said and did all the right things, should have been a sign right there if something seems too good to be true, more often than not it is. Apparently I wasn’t his first victim I learned later he beat up his ex all the time and tried to run her over.
Look my point is there are always visible signs, you can hear it in how they talk about their abusers, see it in how they carry themselves and how they interact with others. Hell you can hear it in the cracks of their voice, see the broken spirit the fear in their eyes when they’re around their abuser or someone brings them up in conversation to them. DO NOT REMAIN IGNORANT TO THE SIGNS, DON’T NOT LOOK, DON’T NOT ASK, DON’T WORRY WHOSE PLACE IT IS TO GET INVOLVED, EVEN IF IT IS A STRANGER BE A GOOD PERSON STAND UP AND STEP IN HELP TAKE THE POWER FROM THESE ABUSIVE PEOPLE AND GIVE THE VICTIMS BACK THEIR WILL AND THEIR VOICES. REMEMBER “DO UNTO OTHERS…..”