This first one describes the pressure I felt to not say anything about my abuse. My abuser even manipulated my family to get them to pressure me to stay and work on the marriage. I didn’t know who to talk to. I didn’t know any other male that had ever been abused. I thought it was just me.
Like I’ve said before, not all scars are visible. A broken bone will heal, relatively quickly, but a broken sense of self worth can take a very very long time to heal, if ever. I may look healthy on the outside, but inside I have scars. Some will probably be with me for the rest of my life.
A lot of people think abuse is physical, and since me are bigger and stronger than most women, they come to the incorrect conclusion that men can’t be abused. I assure you, you can most definitely be abused without being physically beaten. Just because she didn’t hit me, doesn’t mean she didn’t abuse me.