I am not responsible for the actions of others. It is not my responsibility or a reflection of me when someone is cruel, manipulative or a bully. I can only be responsible for my part, my words, my actions. Sometimes, I can’t control who is IN my life, but I have to learn to not let them control my life. When I feel beat down, held down, and treated unfairly or feel abused I have to remember that it isn’t about me. I may be out of control of my situation, but I am not out of control of who I am. A bully may win a battle, but he won’t take over who I am.
http://www.thehotline.org/ – National Abuse Hotline
https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/ – Childhelp National Abuse Hotline
Abuse has life long and catastrophic effects. Even when a person escapes the abuser, the damage will last, in some way, the rest of his or her life. Please. Do not ignore it if you see it, if you suspect it. People who are abused will not ask for your help. Please. Stop it from happening if you can. Help in any way you can to minimize the damage.