Contagious by caroro (critique requested)

Contagious (critique requested)

caroro

21 February 2013 at 14:33:06 MST

If you lie with rabid dogs, you're bound to become one too.

Back at my old home, that was the environment I lived in. When you live with a rabid dog you're constantly on your toes, careful not to anger her in fear she will lash out at you. But one swift bite is all it takes for you to be dragged into her manipulative and malicious behavior. Years of dodging her attacks and avoiding her teeth, I thought I had once let my guard down and suffered a foreboding injury. The thing is, when you live with your enemy you begin to think like your enemy. After a while you begin to stalk prey just as she had done; you're quick to bite without barking a warning first, and slowly but surely you begin to lose your mind. Eventually I escaped her clutches and I've begun to recover, but for the longest time I was constantly angry, defensive, flashing my teeth, or plotting attacks on all the people I knew. I was hurt and afraid, and I had no one to talk to about the frightful things I had faced throughout my life. I trusted no one, I loved very few.

Abusive behavior is contagious and habitual. There is nothing you can do or say to deserve being abused, and it is never your fault. Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy relationship.

If you are a victim of abuse or domestic violence, don't hesitate to seek help.

Abusive behavior can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

Rape, Abuse AND Incest National Network

1-800-656-HOPE(4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK(8255)

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