Gentle Recovery

Hope and Inspiration for Overcoming the Damaging Effects of Child Abuse and Rape

Child Abuse

Child abuse hurts. It hurts really badly. Any form of child abuse. It changes who you are. It changes who you become. It changes how you move in the world. You stop being spontaneous. You move with caution – distrusting the adults in your world. You move with anger – mad at those who punish and hurt you for no reason except because they’re big, you’re small and they can. Child abuse hurts and changes who you are.

How do you express your pain of being heaten, ridiculed, sexually assaulted, neglected? For some – they become aggressive and lash out at those around them who are more vulnerable, weaker – younger children or animals. Others turn inward and punish themselves for not being ‘worthy’ of kindness, love, and acceptance.’

Drug addiction, self-injury, promiscuity, eating disorders, – even mental illness: panic attacks, depression, suicide.

Child abuse hurts. It hurts really badly. It changes who you are. It changes who you become.

If you’re a parent engaged in hurting your child in any way – STOP! GET HELP!  If it was done to you – STOP the cycle of pain. Have the courage to STOP.

If you’re a kid being humilated and shamed by the adults in your life go to  http://www.kidshelpphone.ca because you don’t deserve what is being done to you.

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