Understanding why trauma-survivors think the way they think, and then moving through it and beyond.
Only ten years old, and unable to tell anyone about the abuse, I didn’t understand the powerful emotions and terror I was feeling. All I knew was danger got worse when it was dark; especially if I had no one to protect me.
Why do we think the things we think? Feel the way we feel? Childhood trauma can cause lasting effects into adulthood, if we aren’t aware of how we were impacted by abuse. Knowledge is power… even if it’s uncomfortable or painful to look back.
We children lived an outwardly enviable life. But I was still too afraid to tell. The fear haunting me kept me quiet. I had been warned of the consequences. I knew if my family found out we would be torn apart. Friendships would be destroyed and our way of life forever altered.