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Why It's Hard to 'Celebrate' the Anniversary of Speaking Up About Abuse

“Why are you struggling with this anniversary? You were brave and survived through the trauma. You could be celebrating.” This has become one of the biggest questions people have asked me recently.

Every time it comes up I’m never really sure what the answer should be. Why can’t it be something I am proud of? To my loved ones, I hope you know this is not a bad question and I know you mean no harm.

This is just my explanation for my own experience and feelings.1. Shame doesn’t always surface by choice. As a child who grew up with daily/weekly abuse up until the point I told, shame played a consistent role in my everyday life.

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