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Abuse places victims and perpetrators in very harmful conditions. The victim turns to survival mode in which their instincts are turned off and they are just trying to survive. The abuser has violated their own values and often try justifying their actions. They don't realize the pain they have caused. If they don't feel guilty they have become hardened which is very scary. Abusers can never reach their full potential and they prevent their victims from reaching their potential. Abuse harms all of society not just the victims. We should all work to prevent abuse from occurring.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|