By Andrea Watson February 24th, 2021 Many of us, especially from my generation, know what it is like to grow up neglected. Today I’m talking specifically about emotional neglect. Even though it is often seen as the same thing, emotional neglect is different than other types of neglect and abuse, because it is often doneContinue reading “Growing up Neglected”
As I lay in the tub I look over my body once, twice, thrice. Then I do it again and I wish. I wish that I was not in subjugation to a substance. I wish I had never picked up a needle. I wish I was sane. Sores cover my arms and breasts-scabbing over or oozing infection. I have large painful lumps throughout my breasts and arms as well. Spots where the dope broke through the barrier and went into my muscle instead of my vein. They’re everywhere. Bruises and track marks stand out stark against and on my skin, peppering my body with black, blue, and yellow. Every time I touch anything, sharp, oppressive pain shoots through my fingers and up to my arms. It feels like the nerve sheath has been peeled back and I am just bumping against raw nerves. It hurts to be awake. I’m in need of medical attention. I won’t get it, though. It’s too risky.
It is true that most reported Domestic Violence, or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is perpetrated by men against women. Still, it is not uncommon for men to be victims of violence perpetrated by women. This happens far too often and we can’t ignore the problem. Everybody deserves to live an a safe, violence-free environment whether that be with a partner or not. IPV can take different forms, including stalking, sexual or physical violence, emotional abuse, and threats of abuse. It happens in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Let’s take a closer look at this problem, shall we?