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you hit me only once but i have everyone convinced you did it repeatedly

the fact that you dont stand up to it makes me feel like you know you were abusive, just in other ways

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People think I always have it together.  They think I’m strong, a fighter.  They think I’m fine, but I’m not.  I can still hear my dad’s angry voice in my head, feel the sharp sting of the back of his hand, see my family crumple in tears and pain.  I still have nightmares.  I cringe or cower away from my boyfriend for no reason.  There are days I feel like I’ll never be good enough.  There are times when I retreat back into myself and walk around with empty eyes. But I learned a thing or two after being abused for so many years of my life.  I’ve perfected the smile and the demeanor and built up the wall.  I’ll let them think I’m strong and fine.  No one will ever know I’m nothing but a scared little girl going through the motions, praying no one figures her out.

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I’ve never been stronger, but 8 years later the thought of him still haunts me. When does it ever leave?

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Domestic violence occurs in same-sex couples, too. She may have never touched me, but I have been emotionally destroyed on numerous occasions. And yet, it is so hard to let go of someone you love.

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Getting over something a best friend did that hurt me, alone, makes me feel like I’m the strongest person in the world. In reality, I’m probably the weakest person on the face of this Earth.

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i have nightmares about being raped, cried for days the first time i had sex, and cannot be alone at a party without having a panic attack because i dont know what could happen to me. however, i don’t remember ever being raped. i’m not sure how to deal with this without people calling me crazy…

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I saw this pop up in my dashboard and thought it was appropriate for anyone who checks this page :)

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I love him. I shouldn’t. He never abused me. I’m abusing myself.

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I’m not sure when I realized that my father’s behavior was abusive, but I always knew it was wrong.  His physical and verbal abuse toward my mom, my siblings, and myself has given all of us a different view of relationships and life.  I have seen marriage at its most destructive and love at its worst. Nobody deserves to be treated the way my father treated us. Ever.

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…i still feel guilty.