Whether we wish to acknowledge or believe it or not, the fact of the matter is that abused women are everywhere. They are our family, our friends, co-workers, and nameless faces in a crowd. Maybe we are totally clueless to their plight or maybe we suspect what they are going through. It doesn’t really matter in the long run if nothing is done to remove them from the situation they are in and get them the help they need â before they become another statistic that nobody got to in time. Sure, we may think that abused women are a thing of the past, especially in our modern culture, but the fact of the matter is that in many cases the abuse has simply become more private. And in almost all cases, there are outward signs that something isn’t right.
Of course, there are also many cases in which the abused women in question hide their situation remarkably well â by hiding their injuries and maintaining a cheerful faÃ§ade. These women will generally have well constructed excuses for any visible injuries, and they may even laugh it off. In fact, in many cases the mentality an abused women like this causes her to see herself as not abused at all, which can make the situation even harder to detect.
It goes without saying that none of us consciously puts ourselves in a situation in which we believe we are going to be abused â in fact, many of us grew up in the shadows of abuse and swore to ourselves that we would never be that woman, only to find one day that that’s exactly who we’ve become. In most cases, the abused women in question eventually blame themselves and don’t even fully understand why they are tolerating it in the first place.
Because there is so much social stigma associated with abused women, many are embarrassed or ashamed to come forward and instead suffer in silence for years. Because of this, as women, we need to make it a point to be each other’s advocates. If you suspect abuse, it is important to follow up on your suspicions and if needed, them the help they need.