Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Why Learning All I Have About Abuse & Abusers ~ Is An Awesome Achievement ~ Lilly Hope Lucario


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.

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My highly skilled capacity for discerning liars, manipulators & exploiters ~ Lilly Hope Lucario


My skill level for discerning toxic people, has been validated, once again.

I very quickly discerned a liar, who was claiming to have PTSD – very quickly. Yet, for many harmed by him – sadly it was months, and sometimes years – before they began to doubt him.

Sociopaths, psychopaths and narcissists, can be very charming, very ‘believable’ and unless you know the signs, the red flags to watch for…. it is very easy to be duped by them.

But, due to being raised by these heinous toxic people types, I do know the red flags to look for.

I was right all along.

And no matter the trolling, abuse, threats, and all the ‘flying monkeys’ who joined in with him to abuse others and me …….. I stuck it out in exposing him. I didn’t want anymore people harmed by him.

And now I have the Daily Mail (UK) asking me to contribute to an article they are doing about him and all his lies and exploiting.

No-one – not even me – should ever question my capacity to discern toxic people and quickly.

I do not ignore the red flags anymore. Because, that always leads to trouble and being abused.

A part of me feels very sad, that my capacity to discern toxic people, comes from a terribly painful childhood, full of the worst kinds of heinous abuse.

And I don’t do the rationalising abuse BS, that many seem to take comfort in. I’m not glad I endured all I did. I don’t believe I ‘needed’ to be abused, to become stronger. I don’t thank abusers, for anything. Continue reading