All of us more than likely have been wounded by another person in our lifetime. Sadly, for many of us, it is through childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence (domestic abuse).
Culturally, many of us are raised to be tough and push down the feelings of hurt within us. Somehow, we feel stronger by burying the pain. Yet, in reality, we are binding the hurt and the pain deep within, never allowing the wound to breathe and heal, only to have it fester underneath or harden into a protective shell.
My story includes being wounded as a child in a family who were distracted by their own trauma; they could not or did not come to my aid when a predator groomed and sexually abused me. For years to come, the hurt little girl inside me felt anger about the violation as well as betrayal by the adults around her.