No One is a Stereotype: How Survivors Inspire Each Other

http://www.ndvh.org/2009/10/no-one-is-a-stereotype-how-survivors-inspire-each-other/

National Domestic Violence Hotline has a post by Leslie Morgan Stiener, author of the book Crazy Love, a memoir about domestic abuse.

For a long time after I left Conor, I struggled with how I fit our society’s stereotype of an abused woman. Exactly why and how had I lost myself to a man who I was intelligent enough to see was destroying me? I kept silent during cocktail party debates about why women stayed in violent relationships. I walked away after the inevitable pronouncement that women who let themselves be abused are weak, uneducated, self-destructive, powerless. I fit none of these stereotypes. I never met a battered woman who did.

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We survivors may have a lot in common, but none of us is a stereotype.
 

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