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there’s so many parents who don’t recognize that they are abusing their kids
it is critical that children become aware of abuse from adults and that they recognize what abuse can look like, and that’s why I very strongly believe that schools need to start talking about parental abuse
otherwise, you get people like me who didn’t realize it was abuse until they’re 16-17 and already have PTSD
It’s also important to note that not all abuse comes with bruises or other physical signs. Emotional and mental abuse is a bitch of a thing. And, of course, there’s physical abuse that leaves no marks.
(You also end up with teenagers and adults who are very much confused in that they become aware that shit wasn’t right, but they have that deeply rooted instinct to make excuses for their parents: I was a bad kid, I was difficult, I caused them stress, they tried their best, others have had it much worse, it’s been years and I should be over it by now, I cried a lot and was annoying, was it really that bad or am I remembering it worse than it was?, etcetera. And they get protective of their parents. And are completely hesitant or straight up refuse to use words like abuser and abused when talking about these things [if they talk about it at all]. And when they have questions and finally have the balls to ask them, they get shut down and told never to mention anything about it ever because it’ll upset the person or people who did the things [or utterly failed to protect them from the things]. Yeah. So. Teach kids about how they ought to be treated, and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves or don’t know that what’s happening is something that they should be questioning.)