I get positive and negative reactions about my insight, knowledge and self education about abuse, abusers, toxic people etc. I’m used it now and I recognise most reactions are about people’s own needs and how they have to cope with their own lives. It’s rarely about me.
I’m a childhood complex trauma survivor, who has been abused since birth. I am a text book case of the highly abused and neglected child, who went on to be abused in adulthood.
There are many reasons for this, the main one being – being abused by toxic people is my normal and toxic people used this to their own sick advantage.
I’m a textbook case of the scapegoat child who learned to placate other people’s needs, but still always knew their toxic behaviour was not okay. I just knew nothing else and believed I deserved nothing better.
There was nothing malicious from within me – that encouraged this abuse. I was vulnerable, with no good support and I had been groomed since birth to tolerate abuse, to self blame, and tip toe on egg shells around highly manipulative, abusive character disturbed people.
Seven years ago, I had a breakdown – due to my marriage to a narcissistic sociopath. The insidious manner in which that abuse was inflicted, was so slowly and so carefully done, I had no idea it was abuse. The emotional, psychological and sexual abuse was significant trauma. I was also abused by a church minister and church that I reached out to for support during this breakdown, which clearly did not help and worsened the pain.
Due to this breakdown, all past trauma I had suppressed, came to the surface. That nearly killed me, it was so terribly painful. I then went through more torture of working out my husband had abused me, including sexual coercion.
Throughout this process, I have learned a great deal of psychology about narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths. I’ve learned a great deal about every type of abuse – emotional, psychological, verbal, sexual, physical, spiritual. I’ve read countless books, articles and blogs. I’ve learned there are no justifiable excuses for one single moment of the abuse I have endured.
I’ve processed it all and that combined with my considerable life experience of abuse – is a profound amount of education, insight and knowledge.
I recognise this fully now and I will not allow anyone to suggest I should not have my normal and needed emotions, opinions and insight.
But, this has all hurt more than I could ever explain. I don’t have adequate words to express the pain and torture I have endured processing everything.
But, it has taken considerable courage, strength and resilience.
I’ve had amazing support from within the community I manage on social media. And for that – I will always be truly thankful.
However, I’ve also encountered intolerance of my insight and negative responses to my opinions about abusers, including considerable online harassment, trolling and abuse.
I’ve also encountered negative responses from those in my life, where I have been criticised, mocked and shamed for all the education I have given myself and my views about abuse.
Yet, where would I be if I had not been so willing to learn and have so much resilience and resourcefulness to educate myself and combine that with my life experiences and insight capacity????
I would still be in my marriage, still be being abused every day, lied to, cheated on, blamed and shamed, being raped on a regular basis, and possibly in marriage guidance counselling – being blamed for part of my marriage issues.
But, I’m not. Only MY education about abuse and abusers – led to me being able to discern narcissism, sociopathy, psychopathy, sexual coercion, – which is what led to me getting out of my marriage.
Not one single other person has chosen to explain abuse, explain I’m unsafe, explain I need to get out of my marriage.
So, had I not been so willing to learn and figure it all out – I would still be a victim, still be being victimised. And I am still being abused by my ex – but at least he no longer lives in my home, is no longer around my children, and no longer shares my bed.
And now I have a dv aware lawyer, two counsellors and a chance at a normal life.
And without this painful learning process – I would not know how to keep myself safe in the future, how to keep my children safe, and how to trust my discernment and never ignore the red or amber flags.
So, whilst I have encountered negativity along the way – my God have I learned!!
It’s a huge achievement!
It’s a massive testament to my capacity to learn and grow.
And….. I’ve helped millions along the way. Because, I’ve bravely chosen to share everything with others and this blog is now at over 2.5 million views and along with my highly visited Website – is recommended by many mental health professionals.
I’m going to tell myself again…………. this is an incredible achievement!
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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