Years after suffering my own abuse, I have witnessed people who I knew were in similar abusive situations. But because I was in fear I was unable to encourage them. I wanted to help but felt I couldn't. I was so afraid, to the point of becoming numb, and I desensitized my emotions and pain. I thought this was a way to get past all that I have gone through and I felt displaying this cover-up would help me move forward without dealing with the underlined issues.
But the more silent I became, the worse I felt. My defense mechanism was to forget as much of my past that I could so I didn't have to face it again.
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