I finally worked up the courage to go to a yoga class today. I’ve been going to gym but just to do cardio and weights, and I’m not really present for it: I ignore my body and just push through waiting for the session to be done. I’m supremely uncomfortable in my body: that weak, […]Read More How emotional abuse tore my body apart – Part 1
Trigger warnings: sexual abuse, sexual coercion. I believe sexual coercion is a form of sexual abuse and when in an intimate relationship is a form of domestic violence. It is damaging to the very core of a person’s psyche and I hope my story will help others not familiar with what sexual coercion is get […]Read More Sexual Coercion as Domestic Violence
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find a word that describes the effects of non-physical abuse on the psyche and advocate for yourself when most people think physical bruises must be present for abuse to have occurred? I’ll stop ruining a beloved song from one of my favourite […]Read More How do you solve a problem like defining non-physical domestic violence?
I feel like I want to fall inside someone else’s skin tonight. Someone safe and warm and heavy. Just heavy, solid, unchanging. Not a mirage or fae, a real person who lives and breathes imperfectly but truthfully and honestly. And lovingly. The loneliness of surviving domestic violence can be excruciatingly overwhelming. Loneliness falls from the […]Read More The loneliness of a domestic abuse survivor