Dear abused woman:

It was not your fault. You’re not crazy. You trusted him and that was betrayed. You loved him and that’s why it was so hard to leave. But you did. And you have to remember that. But if you haven’t gone yet, please do. For your children, for you. I know it’s hard, but you’ll be ok. Time will heal and whatever it didn’t, God will. Forgive him, but don’t forget what it taught you. Move forward even when you want to look back. Vent your anger to a trusted friend, don’t hold it in your heart. Write down everything you are feeling. Cry when you need to. But don’t stay broken forever. Self-reflect. Encourage yourself. Go to counseling. Find someone to talk to, please. Pray, hard. It’s going to be ok, trust me. One day it won’t sting as bad. Don’t hate yourself. Don’t blame yourself for going back all of those times. You are more than worthy of being respected. Not belittled. Not teased. Not pushed. Not hit. Ever again. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you deserved it. Don’t ever let anyone say that it must not have been that bad because you seemed happy. I know, things aren’t always as they appear. People are going to judge you, that’s ok too. But know that there are many people that love you very much. Help someone else by being honest about how it changed you forever. Kill your silence by using your voice. Tell the truth. Break the cycle. Use your pain to be powerful. Your story may be the key to someone’s else’s deliverance. Don’t be silenced by intimidation from him. Don’t let those hurtful words reach you anymore, you’re far away now. Don’t live in fear. It’s over. Have the courage to not be a victim forever. Heal and become victorious.

Dear abused woman…
Dear hundreds of women…
Dear little girl…
Dear me.

You are not alone. You’re strong, you can do this. I believe in you.

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