There are several types of abuse, and throughout the month of March 2019 you’ll be able to find articles on the following types of abuse (links coming soon!):
- Emotional & Verbal Abuse
- Financial Abuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Sibling Abuse
- Digital Abuse
- Mental Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
But first, let’s define what “abuse” actually means.
The word comes from Latin and Old French words that mean “misused” and “to use wrongly.” Basically, something’s happening that shouldn’t be happening! It’s wrong.
If nothing else, the one thing you should always remember is that abuse is NOT your fault.
For a lot of people, this is the hardest one to talk about or even think about. What’s difficult for many people to grasp is that it’s not just women who experience sexual abuse. Men do too, but they’re far less likely to speak up about it because of societal pressure and stigma.
When it happens during childhood, it can affect the entire course of your life. It’s psychologically traumatic. And sometimes the victims blame themselves instead of their abusers.