posted on May 29, 2011 at 2:17 am
If someone’s hurting you, it’s absolutely NOT okay. Whether it’s your boyfriend, friend, family member, or trusted adult, you don’t have to live with abuse. You have a right to live a happy and healthy life.
Unfortunately people sometimes associate abuse with love. Girls sometimes think that her boyfriend hits her because he loves her. Or that it’s her fault that a family member is degrading her. Well, that’s not true!
God wants you to know that “Love is patient, Love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4) and love does NOT hurt! If someone hurts you in any way, that’s not love. People who hurt other people need help and you need to be safe until they’re able to get the help that they need.
The first step in stopping abuse is recognizing what it is and understanding that IT’S NOT OKAY!
Four Types of Abuse
- Physical Abuse includes intentional violence that may or may not result in physical injury.
- Sexual Abuse is the act of being sexually exploited in any way.
- Emotional Abuse is when your emotional well being is negatively affected and it typically involves fear, belittling, and verbal intimidation.
- Neglect is when a caregiver fails to provide the basic necessities for your well being.
If you’re experiencing any of these types of abuse, seek help immediately. If you don’t know what to do, check back soon for my post on Getting Help When Someone’s Hurting You. If you’re not sure if your situation is abuse, refer to the post on Will You Know Abusive Behavior When You See It? God loves you and He wants you to live a life of happiness. That’s His will for your life! Don’t ever believe that you have to accept abuse. You deserve so much more for your life!