Abusers destroy their victim’s self-esteem. The more completely they can destroy that, the more completely they can rule their victim. Yet in spite of the destruction, many victims reach a point of breaking away from their abuser, whether the person is a spouse, friend or parent.
Unfortunately, that only is the beginning. So much damage is done, especially to the self-esteem. That low self-esteem causes all kinds of problems for a victim, including believing that she is unworthy of care. Abusers make sure their victims know that they don’t matter, which means their pain doesn’t matter either. That false belief can follow a person for years even after the abuse has ended.
So many victims don’t believe they deserve to be cared for or even validated, when nothing could be further from the truth! They are easy to spot too- they are the ones saying their situation “wasn’t so bad,” or, “So & So had it much worse than me,” or even, “It was only mental/sexual abuse.”
Dear Reader, today I want you to know that you *do* matter! Your abuser was absolutely wrong! You deserve to have your pain acknowledged & validated! It doesn’t matter if someone else “had it worse” than you- abuse is painful & destructive, period!
I know it’s hard to really understand that you matter after years of being told you don’t, but it’s the truth! God has a purpose for everyone & everything in this world, which includes you. You matter & God loves you!
If you truly want to heal, you need to start by understanding that you have been through some terrible things. Acknowledge that rather than saying it wasn’t a big deal or someone else had it worse. What was done to you was wrong! You matter, & you didn’t deserve to have those horrible things done to you.
Also, please remember how much God loves you. Healing is the hardest thing you may do in your life- you need His love & support. He truly will help you to cope & even to learn to love yourself.
Romans 8:35-39 “35 Who shall ever separate us from the love of [a]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (AMP)