|Abuse is physical, emotional, sexual, and
psychological actions that demean others.
|If it feels like it, it is. Is it that simple? No. Abuse is deceptive and complex.
|Partly due to laws and lack of laws re
equal status, the right to own property,
equal pay for equal work, the right to
decide what happens to our bodies.
|Sometimes abusers don' t realize they are abusing. A man told me, "I don’t hit my
kids as hard as my dad hit me." I asked him, "Do they have that comparison?"
|Often abusers have been abused. It is a learned behavior - maybe the
only behavior they know. Learned behavior can be unlearned. Unlearning
abusive behavior and learning non-abusive behavior takes time. It can be
enhanced if the abusers understand that they are abusers.
|People are denied freedom
of choice based on skin
color and/or religion. This
leads to greater abuse.
|Why is abuse complex?