There are many forms of abuse and many methods within each form, but at the end of the day, they all work to destroy the esteem, mental and emotional wholeness and family structure of the victim. In fact, the very cruelty of abuse is that it creates victims. It causes isolation at best, extreme paranoia at worst.
One thing we can all do daily to advocate healing for those who have suffered from abuse is to show understanding, to provide a listening ear, to spread information for professional help and support, and stay informed on what protections are out there.
While not everyone has been a victim, until everyone decides this is an evil we will NOT allow in our society, we will continue to see it happen, go unreported and therefore unpunished, and it will be only a matter of time before it reaches out and touches us or someone close to us. Let's all choose to be advocates today!