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Many will never know what we've gone through...
... and sadly, most of those that do know,
think we should just get over it.

The different forms of abuse and assault

When abuse comes to mind, most think of physical or sexual abuse.

There are three basic types of abuse, physical, verbal,
and sexual. We believe that you know what physical
and sexual abuse are.

Most think that verbal abuse is only when someone is screaming,


This is not the only form of verbal abuse.

A father can (even at normal volume, but with a dark tone) say to their son,

"Jeremy, you are so stupid. Can't you do anything right?"

This will cause just as much damage, if not more, than screaming.

Perhaps it is a mother that says to her daughter,

"You disgust me! I wish you were never born!"

These can, and often are remembered for a lifetime.

I am fifty-three and I still remember what my mother said after I was molested by a neighbor (I was five).
My parents took to a psychologist, and left me alone with him to talk, I didn't.

On the way home from the third and final visit, my mother turned to me and said,

"You didn't talk to the nice man.
So we will never talk about this again,
you have embarrassed our family enough."


Many think that neglect is neglect.
#2 "to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way",
#8 "bad or improper treatment; maltreatment",

Neglect is abuse.


1. a sudden, violent attack; onslaught.

2. Law - an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.

When thinking of assault, most are aware of both physical and sexual assault.


Another type of abuse that is never talked about is only referred to as RA.
So dark is this that even those that are the victims of this type of abuse often call it RA. What does RA stand for? Ritual or Ritualistic Abuse.

We have spoken to someone that was a RA Survivor and the stories were horrific.

As with almost all abuse, the victim is coerced or persuaded to not run, tell, etc. Sometimes the victim is even held hostage.

In ritual or ritualistic abuse, the victim may be tied. Also, there may be an audience that are either spectators or participants. This is rarely the case with other types of abuse (except for gang rape).

This page last updated on 07/05/2017

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