…why is it that we are shamed not only by those perpetrating the abuse, but also those that don’t want to bear witness to it? “Surviving” is so well-written in its brutal honesty… what happens to those of us who survive whatever degree of abuse we endure? We are labeled “impossible” and “worthless” by the system and by society that has made a choice to ignore the conditions of survival.
I really struggle with not being able to speak about what I endured. There is so much to the foundations of my shame. One phrase that always echos in my head is one my dad said often: “what happens in the family stays in the family” It screamed in my head as I was telling De about some things yesterday. His voice thundered in my memory as I was suddenly hiding under the bed again, terrified that he was coming into my room… The memory drowned out De’s voice. The memories to follow sent shudders through me, and yet I couldn’t tell De how loud my head was in the moment. I couldn’t give voice to the full-on virtual reality playing behind my eyes. I couldn’t even tell her I was lost in the memory. I noticed my mouth moving and speaking to her, but I was hiding under my bed again. G had just had a huge blow-out with mom, and I had run to hide. I tried to take the dog with me, but she stayed with mom… I don;t know how long I was hiding, but I do remember my brother coming into my room looking for me because the house was so quiet. I screamed and jumped when I saw his feet from under the bed, I thought he was G… I scared my poor brother. He had been at a friend’s house while hell broke out that night. He was spared. Mom got most of it… and the dog, she got a lot of it… G would kick her just because he could, because he was mad and needed to hurt the thing that everyone loved more than they loved him… and she just took it… :(…
Why is it that society underscores what our abusers tell us?
(With the way some of this stuff slams me, I do not know how my mom survived… I just watched my dad, but she was on the receiving end of so much more… I don’t know how it hasn’t crushed her. She has some incredible strength…)