I am the first person, at this time in my life, to say – if someone has abused you in some form or fashion you are ‘obligated’ to yourself and others to SPEAK UP.
Fully realizing that many people cannot SPEAK UP because of age, religion, language, sickness etc – and fear! Therefore, those who can SPEAK UP should. I intend to continue ‘speaking up’ on some issues such as ‘abuse of power’. I believe so strongly in the need for ‘grass-roots support’ on calling out those in power, whether they be a government official, a doctor, cop, caregiver, landlord, spouse etc. for the abuse of their power.
When people have the power, position, desire and will to manipulate, hurt, abuse, and take advantage of you or others, speaking up certainly can be one of the steps in resolving a situation. Maybe some people can ignore a massive shock, changing them forever: I cannot. I got stuck in ‘a moment in time’. The first time someone abused me – I FROZE IN SHOCK, I got older in some ways far too early and in other ways never matured beyond that moment.
This ‘speaking up’ can take different forms such as writing and telling the perpetrator and abuser what they have done. It is our “right to freedom of speech”. And this is what I have done. Everyone should have that right. People who have ill intent know that they can force you into silence and submission when they have this power. So I want everyone to know how hard it is to come out, if you will, and speak of something that is so painful. Please support those bloggers, that I read every day, who have now found their voice.
I do not want to hear one more person say, forget the past, let it go, move on, have a positive attitude to a person who is brave enough to face their demons, perpetrators and the damage done to them.
As I get older my feeling of vulnerability increases, knowing how many people are out-there who will take advantage of an elderly person. After all my own mother and stepfather felt manipulated and abused (my mother told me this many times in reference to her step-children).We want to trust, I so wish we could, but trust has to have a heavy dose of common-sense.
Resolving or at least reducing ‘abuse of power’ takes one person at a time. SPEAK UP you will be doing yourself a favor and others. Ignore those who wish to stop you the best you can.
I felt so strongly about trying to express my feeling vis-a-vis this issue I came temporarily out of my self-imposed rest.