I love myself. Truly and always, I love myself. And for the first time in a long time, I am putting myself first.
“There is something evil in her that can never be fixed.”
“They’re never the source of all the ‘drama’ in their life.”
“When you find yourself not telling friends or family about things your SO has done/the way you’re being treated because ‘they wouldn’t understand’ and you don’t want to make your SO look bad.”
Gaslighting silences people. If someone loses the ability to trust their voice they become silent.
You don’t have to justify to anyone the reasons you didn’t leave right away.
It’s important to shed light on spiritual frameworks that may hinder or impede a survivor’s journey to authentic healing and can perpetuate a larger victim-shaming discourse in society.
“How you start to realize every conversation with them is pointless.”
The abuse cycle relies on hot and cold, mean and sweet behavior, which means nice actions after an abusive incident cannot be taken at face value, but rather as embedded in a chronic pattern of behavior.