How I'm Reframing Family as an Abuse Survivor

I never thought I would be applying the words ”abused” and “traumatized” to myself as a young adult. Yet, here I am. As a survivor of incest and emotional abuse, I question myself about my experiences.

Besides the impact of the sexual abuse, I have been forced to reevaluate my idea of family. Incest is a very real issue, but is one that is hardly addressed.

Seen as a taboo, incest is often swept under the rug. The problem with this is it does not address the concept of family and the impact the abuse has on the adult survivor.

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