A to Z Thursday – [A]buse

This year I wasn’t able to complete the Blogging From A to Z Challenge, however I made a promise to myself that I would before the year is out. Well, that’s not going to happen. If I play my cards right I’ll finish up A to Z Thursday in mid February, which will give me just enough time for me to prepare for and participate in the April 2016 Blogging From A to Z Challenge.

I did a post about Bullying and I started thinking about it more and more lately, since someone made a comment about how bullies need to be taken out. Well, I started thinking about that and doing a bit of research about bullies and the act of bullying, which brings me to today’s topic – Abuse.

From time to time during A to Z Thursday I’ll come back to this topic because there are a lot of sub-topics and a lot to talk about. I’ll tell you a personal story or two and maybe a few stories from folks that work to protect the abused and help the abuser.

But, what is abuse? It’s abusive actions one person makes towards another that are generally intended to control the victim, or to make the victim submit to the power of the abuser. That’s a pretty simple and standard definition, but it just scratches the surface and hopefully I’ll be able to fill in some of the holes as I go through each topic.

Abuse is an epidemic in the United States and it comes in many forms; and sadly there are no shortage of abusers and people to abuse. Some of the more common forms of abuse are:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Digital
  • Stalking
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder and more

It’s time to really bring this out from behind closed doors and out into the open. Think about it for a moment

  • An estimated 679,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect and of those children 1,520
  • Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States
  • It’s estimated that every 107 seconds someone is sexually assaulted

Check back next week for: “Why Do Bullies Bully?”

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