Many people who have survived an abusive situation are told you can’t blame your abuser. He or she didn’t know what he or she was doing. Or, that person is mentally ill. Or, he/she was abused as a child. Or a plethora of other reasons a person can’t be mad at their abuser. This invalidates the pain the victim feels! It immediately makes you feel guilty because you have problems stemming from being abused. I know- I have been in this position myself.
While I’m not saying we need to blame every problem in life on being abused, I am saying we need to keep a healthy perspective on it. In my case as an example, my mother has Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder. When I first learned of her disorders, I felt guilty for having problems that stem from her abuse when I was growing up. I didn’t think I should hold her responsible- after all, these are disorders! She must not be responsible for how she acts! Then I can’t be angry or hurt or have problems that stem from things she did to me. Besides, that was a long time ago..
Then I learned that personality disorders describe a way someone behaves, rather than physical brain damage, such as Schizophrenia or PTSD. And, many of the things my mother did to me were hidden, even from my father. That tells me she knew what she was doing was wrong. After all, if one is proud of one’s actions, they aren’t hidden.
I have since learned to have a healthy perspective. While I do blame my mother for me having C-PTSD, I take responsibility for how I cope with it. I blame her for my lifetime of low self-esteem, yet I try to find ways to keep a healthy self-esteem. While she is to blame for the damage done to me, it is my responsibility to heal as best I can. Part of that healing, I believe, is knowing that the damage done is NOT my fault! I did nothing to deserve the horrible things that were done to me!
You did nothing to deserve the abuse you endured either! Keep the blame for what was done where it belongs- squarely on the abuser. You have absolutely NO responsibility for what was done to you. However, you DO have a responsibility to heal. Ask God to show you how- what steps you need to take. And, as you heal, you may find out that God wants to use your story to help others heal, & inspire others. That may help you heal even more than you know! Blessing & inspiring others is a beautiful feeling!