It’s not a matter of their ignorance. They know that they shouldn’t be treated the way they’re being treated.
They’re smart people.
It’s more likely that they don’t have the power to do something about it. And when someone is powerless to change their situation, the most natural emotion is embarrassment.
And so it makes sense that they don’t want others to know about it.
The Ignorant Response
Then, there are those looking in from the outside that say, “they deserve to be abused because they don’t do something about it.”
I say, “With a response like that, no wonder victims don’t want to talk about it.”
As therapists, understand the profound courage it takes within your clients for them to expose the things they are most ashamed of.
Walk carefully. Don’t push too hard and don’t get greedy with other people’s stories.
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