Those of us who have been through abuse tend to feel that we are doing something wrong by telling our story. We may even wonder if we are making things up because so few people truly believe what we’re saying. (Having your feelings invalidated or told you’re exaggerating truly can make you doubt the reality of what happened to you.) Things like this tend to keep us quiet.
However, the fact is that we have every right to tell our stories, & by the way, no, we didn’t make it up. So why do we feel this way?
Victims are groomed by their abusers to keep the abuse a secret. To tell anyone about it would incur a terrible wrath. We learned early on that it is better to stay quiet than to talk about it. When my mother suspected me of telling someone what she was doing once, I was shamed deeply for “airing our dirty laundry.” When I got myself into therapy to figure out how to deal with her, she demanded to know everything that I talked about with my counselor. It became much easier not to talk about it than to deal with her wrath!
Abusers also groom their victims to doubt themselves, while only believing the abuser. It’s called gaslighting or crazy making. Abusers do their best to determine their victim’s reality. This makes it easier for the victim to accept abuse, because although a part of them realizes it is wrong, they are told it is acceptable so much that eventually that false belief overrides their belief it is wrong.
Being too afraid to tell your story when you feel it’s time to share it also means you are carrying your abuser’s shame. It’s not your shame! You have done nothing wrong by being abused! The one who abused you is the one who should be ashamed! It is not your job to feel the shame for her even if she refuses to feel it herself. Remind yourself of that often, & the shame will lift.
You have every right to tell your story if you want to do so. It is your life & your story.