Elizabeth Smart Article
Being a survivor, I am very passionate about the topic of child abuse. I also am very very aware of the psychological effects of child abuse, incest, etc, This article talks about the defense team of Brian David Mitchell (the abductor of Elizabeth Smart) is stating that Elizabeth Smart, a "survivor", has no long term psychological effects. That she has overcome what has been done to her and that Mitchell deserves a lesser sentence than is being proposed.
OH BOY! Well, "survivor" is a great term to get to beyond "victim", but I guarantee you that no matter how much time has past, how much counseling, no matter how much a "survivor" you are....the damage is ALWAYS there. Even though you can overcome and have a life and FORGIVE, there are times that memories, triggers cause everything to come back to the forefront of your mind.
In my situation there are times that I see military men that have their hair cut or styled a certain way, a man that has smiliarities or traits as my biological father (this still happens today), when someone--normally a man--just doesn't give me a good vibe. Yes these instances are way less than they ever have been, but THEY ARE STILL THERE.
Abuse like what Elizabeth went through -- is not something that anyone can just turn their back on and walk away -- and act like it never-ever happened. Yes we can overcome and yes we can make changes in our lives, and we can FORGIVE so that we can live and love again. BUT the long term effects are ALWAYS tucked away, waiting at the surface to be unleished.
So to those that are defending Mitchell, to those of you that are abusers, to those of you that are SURVIVORS---being molested, abuducted, raped, attacked, beaten, and on and on and on --- are very violent acts against children, whether or not the action is actually violent...these acts are so violent in their own right, that they impact a life FOREVER.
Keep an eye out, stay informed, stay educated and don't stop protecting your children.
Love to all, praying for lives to be changed.
The picture in today's blog, is from this blog.... please check it out....interesting article. Psychological Effects
Dedicated to Elizabeth Smart a strong young woman---praying for justice.