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Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
This is so important though. A lot of people in abusive relationships stay in them because they believe they can help ‘their conflicted other better themselves’ or ‘that they are going through a rough time, I don’t mind being their punching bag’ or that ‘they need this, they’re battle their inner demons’, like stated, and sacrifice themselves over to this physical/emotional/mental distress! They see themselves as strong and a shoulder for their partner to lean on, but no one should take out their anger on someone like this over and over and over again. In itself those trains of thought are horribly unhealthy, and if you feel like that in a relationship //of any kind//, then it is not one you should be in, even if you do care for them. You want to help them because you love them; you want to be their saviour, their hero, but if you’re going to be a hero, be one for yourself. Save yourself, not them.
There are a bunch of abuse hotlines, like 1-800-422-4453 (child abuse, national), (866) 662-4535 (victim hotline, national?), and 1-800-799-7233 (domestic abuse, national), as well as the ones stated above.
These ones are for the USA, I believe(?). I don’t believe I have any out-of-America followers but if so please message me if you need reassurance, to vent, or help, and I will try my best to assist.
You are worth finding help for.