Are you suffering from abuse?

Are you suffering from abuse?

It is possible that you have been suffering from abuse without realizing it.

This is because many victims are usually not sure if they are being or have been abused. They may know that they have been harmed, but they may think that they deserved that harm or believe that some degree of harm is acceptable or reasonable, or just inevitable.

People who haven’t been abused spend much time wondering whether they have been abused, while those who have been abused (or are being abused) do wonder about it. If you are upset enough to wonder about it, it is likely (although not definite) that you have been abused.

Abuse is a commonplace event in modern times, taking on many different forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse, occurring in many different contexts, including the home (domestic violence, spouse rape, incest), the workplace (sexual harassment), and in institutional (elder abuse, bullying) and religious and community (hate crime) settings. It touches victims across the lifespan from children through elders. Abuse is a serious social and cultural problem affecting everyone whether as a victim of abuse, a perpetrator, a friend or confidant of an abused person looking for ways to be helpful, or simply as someone who is angered by injustice and wants to work for positive change.

But what exactly is abuse, you ask.

Abuse is any behavior that is intended to harm, threaten, control or intimidate another person. Abuse can take many forms including physical, psychological, sexual, financial among others.

Bullying, which includes threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, or tormenting another person, is also a form of abuse.

Abusers may execute this through…

  • Verbal: They may verbally abuse them by calling them names, tell them they are stupid, have no worth, or will not amount to anything on their own.
  • Physical: They may become physically violent, inflicting pain, bruises, broken bones, and other physical wounds (visible and hidden).
  • Sexual: They may rape or sexually assault their victims.
  • Negligence: Abusers may neglect dependent victims, disavowing any responsibilities they may have towards those victims, and causing damage through lack of action rather than through a harmful, manipulative action itself.

 Victims of abuse often find themselves dealing with serious psychological and physical consequences of having been abused. There are various forms of counseling, psychotherapy, medical and self-help resources available for people who have been abused and want assistance and support for managing problems and issues they have developed as a result of being abused

At BLISS OASIS AFRICA We offer both in-person and online counseling

For inquiries and booking call/WhatsApp 0740 378381

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