emotional abuse

Scars

Proud muscle Battered and bruised A child, proud of strength And power That came with skinned knees and bruised shins Launching – Into...

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Sadist Prey

She whispered her secrets and he used them to cage her, making her believe no one will understand, she’s a freak for only him to...

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Hmm, So Wistful

for the motel days. for the barbecues and the merry-go-rounds picking the best ponies, not enough to go around. so under the sheets, we are...

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Free Bird

He had already locked the front door so she couldn’t escape, couldn’t open her cage. Perhaps he uttered a prayer to whomever murderers...

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Daddy Issues

I’ve heard the term many times in my life. I’ve even used it a couple of hundred times or so. I have understood this stereotype to...

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Blow (A Love Story)

Your eyes, dark chocolate melted and mixed with sin. Impetuous daring, I slipped into the bucket seat. You said, Fasten your seatbelt, this...

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Collateral Damage

Collateral damage. The most accurate way to describe how I have come to this point in my life. To know how it feels to exist in a space I...

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Against Her Will

She stood against the wind As it fought to consume her She braced for its brutality And the thick darkness She knew it always brought But...

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The Tunnel Of Infidelity

We always assume it can never happen to us. Not to you, not to your great marriage, which is the envy of all your friends, or so it seems...

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Of Flowers and Thorns

My friend is like a hummingbird, flapping her wings eighty times per second. Her voice goes up an octave when she talks about him and her...

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Perfect Girlfriend Learns the Word, Normal

Perfect Girlfriend says yes, I do want to have sex with you in my best friend’s bed while she’s in the shower. Let’s desecrate not...

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How to Recognize Abusive Relationships

Are you a victim abuse? Maybe you recently asked yourself this question but didn’t know the answer. There are many types of abuse, and it...

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Control

I didn’t question his intentions, because why wonder about what can only be good? Who doesn’t want to be worshiped? He only wants to be...

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I’m Not My Mother

I started writing an article about being too quick to medicate children. I often wonder about the damage done to my developing mind from...

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UnLoveAble

Don’t hold my hand. Never hug me, kiss me or tell me that you love me. Always say things that stab my heart. That is the way it...

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Vile

i would rip your throat out i would burn you to pieces i’d leave you as ashes and never look back. the collapse of your soul is...

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A Bad Relationship, A Hateful Sister-in-law, A New Me

“She said, ‘cocktail of mental illness …” Emma relayed the information verbatim from the source. “She also said that ‘your...

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A Tale of Financial Abuse and How I Got Out

During fall of 2007, my marriage entered its final stages of a breakdown. It was just a matter of time, as the beginning of the marriage...

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I Used to Think Abuse Victims Were Stupid

I have a small degree of sympathy for people who judge women in abusive relationships. That’s because I used to be one. I recall a Dear...

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Listening Tears

Do you hear me? He asked. Repeat what I just said. No no no you have got it wrong What the fuck is wrong with your head? This isn’t...

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How to Love Your Body Every Day!

As a teen, and young man, I suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). I hated my physical appearance and always thought myself fat,...

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First Try

Vague, repetitious, harrowing flashbacks – And wondering if it’ll ever happen again. Why not? If it did before and then again,...

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How Letting Go of Shame Set Me Free

All of us know it, the feeling of a sinking heart, the blush of the cheeks and the crushing blow of embarrassment. We are so ashamed. For...

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