I’ve had many friends who have survived and successfully moved on from abusive relationships of all sorts, physical, sexual, emotional and verbal, monetary and psychological, etc., and both men and women. Time and again, I try to help them understand the power of these words with their own story and I cannot save them…I can only stand by as I help them stand up for themselves. It is in standing with them that I lend courage. The strength is all their own.

I love this entry.

A Hmong Woman

I hear many people talk about love as something to fight for.  We see it and hear it everywhere: the media, online, friends, family, quotes.  If you search online for inspirational love quotes, you will come upon a feast of them.  Love is battlefield.  It’s us against the world.  Nothing can come between us.

If you’re in a healthy relationship, and you love that person, then by all means, fight for it.  Go against society and traditions.  Stand up for your love.  Do whatever it is you feel you need to do to make it last and worthwhile.

However, people tend to take these concepts of fighting for love and incorporate them into abusive relationships.  They may not be aware that they’re in an abusive relationship.  They tell themselves that love is a battlefield and if they fight and hold on to that person who mistreats them, everything will…

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