Abuse. I hold this topic to me dearly. Ever since I completed a research paper on gender-based violence in the Caribbean I have been enlightened. Often times, when people hear the word "abuse", they think of physical abuse, but it doesn't stop there. There are so many different ways that people abuse others, whether it's verbally, physically or emotionally. It must stop. The constant putting down of others verbally, by trying to hurt them emotionally or through threats often times leave deeper, and more severe wounds than physical abuse does.
Another issue is that, when people hear of domestic or gender-based violence, they think of women being the victim. Statistics repesent a higher number of women compared to men being victims of domestic violence, but it does happen to men too. And they need HELP too. It goes unreported because they might be ashamed to report that their female partner is abusing them. And this type of violence is also present in same sex relationships. The fact is, it needs to stop.
If you are being abused, or know anyone who is being abused, or any child being abused. Report it. You might be saving your life, or someone's life.
#EndViolence it is NOT ok.