I posted this in 2013. Actually, it has been significantly reworked recently because of events described here. It used to be a reblog of another blogger, but that person obviously does not understand the concepts of Fair Use or of reblogging, and got nasty.
So I found a section of a page elsewhere on my site on the same topic, and replaced the reblog. I like it much better now, in fact, because I now realize the other blogger was waaaay too militant. As the years passed, I began to feel uncomfortable with the attitude in the original reblog. What I have here now, is far more in keeping with my current views on the topic. Excerpts:
Silence is the victim’s biggest enemy.
Just Google “True abuse stories” to find many. Some do it just to vent, some do it to help others who are going through similar things, to let them know they’re not worthless or stupid, that they don’t deserve abuse, that they’re not alone, and that there is a way out.
Sometimes it takes such a story to realize that you are being abused, that words can be abusive, not just fists.
In any case, rather than being accused of airing dirty laundry or “being a victim,” these people are being called courageous.
Read more of my reworked post here. Comments are disabled here, but enabled on the original post, to keep conversation in one place.