Of course they do – they don’t want the truth about them exposed.
This will apply to all forms of abusers – mental, sexual, physical, psychological, verbal, spiritual and whether to adults, or children.
They know what they are doing is wrong.
If they hide their behaviour, or try to silence you, they DO know what they are doing is wrong.
The abuse was still a choice, they decided to make.
They will manipulate this ‘silence’ in a variety of ways;
Threats to the victim.
Shaming the victim.
Lies about the victim. Including lying by omission, lying by failing to tell the truth to others who wrongly believe/assume something about the victim.
Gaslighting – making the victim not believe their own truth, confusing them.
Blaming the victim.
Emotional abuse – eg saying the family will suffer.
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