Why I'm Still Surviving the Abuse I Experienced in Childhood
Editor’s note: If you have experienced emotional abuse, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.
I have been struggling a lot lately with the idea of naming my abusers — or even publicly claiming my abuse.
I realize I am still holding overwhelming shame and fear about the abuse I suffered. With every mention of child abuse on my Facebook page, I worry what my mother would do to me if she found out I was telling anyone. What would my oldest brother do to me?
I have more abusers than I could actually name if I wanted to. I did name one recently who was a public figure, and now I am being asked to help others take him down in a very public way (he is actually dead, but still has prominence in the world). Not sure what I will do about this situation.
My abusers did a really good job in keeping me quiet. Even at my very adult age, I still fear naming those I could name.
It is complicated for me. Every day it is a struggle to keep my fragile mind intact with regards to the severe trauma I endured during my childhood.
My brain was so fragile before age 11 that I truly cannot remember most of my childhood. I mostly remember snippets of abuse, but I can’t remember hardly any “normal” or good memories.
Most of my abuse happened before age 11, but still lots of abuse happened after age 11, too. Once you get branded with the invisible “V” on your forehead to let the predators out there know you are a victim, new predators seem to find you easily.
Because my child abuse was severe and happened when I was so young, my mind did not come together the way it should have through proper development. Instead, the trauma caused me to develop dissociative identity disorder (DID), which can still wreak havoc on my life today.
My mind is a jumbled mess of brokenness.
My emotions, memories, capabilities and needs are broken into separate parts of myself. Though I can appear very strong, there are many days when I am at my breaking point and no one outside of myself even knows it.
I know I must stay functioning and strong for my children. They need me and are more important to me than anything else in this world.
Sadly, I don’t even feel a need for justice toward my perpetrators by naming them.
I barely survived my childhood, and still struggle to survive in my adult life.
Just about every kind of abuse has been done to me, including mind control. And I am weak because of this.
So, forgive me if I am not in a place to name my perpetrators. I believe I would do it if I knew of someone in imminent harm by one of these people.
One day I will be stronger, but that day is not today.
If you or a loved one is affected by domestic violence or emotional abuse and need help, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
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