For tonight’s post, I am going to switch gears and talk about something that is very serious because this is something that affects children, women and men. It is hard to read or watch any type of news without this being mentioned in some form or fashion. What am I referring to? Sexual assault and sexual abuse.
Those two unfortunate events have plagued my family for many, many years. It can shatter a person and destroy lives in ways that you could not imagine unless you yourself have experienced it. I have lost a number of my dear loved ones to drugs because they tried to shoot the pain away by injecting drugs. Why did they do it? So they can forget all the hurt and pain, even if it is for just a few moments. I have even seen loved ones drink themselves away because drinking was the only thing that helped them to forget.
Victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse need understanding, kindness and guidance. The worst thing you can do is to make them feel as if it is their fault, that they deserved it or that what they went through is no big deal. It is so easy to judge when the shoe is on the other foot. Victims of sexual assault and /or abuse struggle for years after the act. Everyday is a challenge and on some days, it can even be a struggle.
The best thing you can do for a person that has been through something traumatic is to just be there for them. Let them know that they are not alone and that no matter what, you will be there for them. In your own way, help support them during the times they need it the most and be that shoulder for them to lean on. You may think that sounds insignificant, but you just may be helping to save a life.
Empathy. Pass it on.
Until next time…