Jennifer Gómez never forgot about her high school boyfriend after graduation.
He haunted her in nightmares even after she moved away and changed her name. "He hadn’t realized, for all these years, everything he’d done to me.
In the beginning it isn't uncommon for a victim to innocently ignore the infrequent snide comments and put downs. Abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often throw in threats of physical violence or other repercussions if you don't do what they want."It simply (or not so simply) "chips away" at how we think, value and esteem ourselves.
For starters, abuse doesn’t just mean hitting or shoving.
Many other behaviors actually count as abuse, some of which may surprise you. And behaviors that many teens think are normal actually aren’t cool at all.
Another sign of emotional abuse is a partner who shares sensitive information about you with others.
For example, a woman might be sensitive about the fact that she is overweight and plans to start seeing a nutritionist.
For those who have been there, you understand; moving from victim to survivor you found yourself wondering, I can deeply empathize with a victim of abuse in many ways.