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Abusers are really good at is making you feel like your anger is worse than their abuse.

This is so important. Many survivors have spent months or years not being allowed to express anger or being made to feel ashamed for experiencing anger. 

So if you know a survivor, and you tell them that they “can’t” or “shouldn’t” be angry, that will almost certainly be triggering, and it’s really cruel. 

Telling survivors that they need to “get past” their anger or to “be the bigger person” or “holding onto anger is like holding onto a hot coal” or “anger is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die” or that “healing is only possible with forgiveness” or that “forgiveness will set you free,” or that “being angry means the abuser still has control,” or that experiencing anger makes the survivor as bad as the abuser, or whatever else– that’s culturally imposed abuse apologism and if you want to be an ally, you need to unlearn resorting to those platitudes when trying to comfort survivors. 

It’s okay to experience anger. It’s literally the natural reaction to boundary violation, and when someone’s boundaries have been repeatedly violated and broken down for years, it’s important for a person’s health to be able to experience and express that anger. It honestly really is. 

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

Being able to admit you are angry and not be upset at yourself for it is so so so important to the healing process. I’d even argue that one of the most important parts of the healing process is to acknowledge your anger and to let yourself feel it without guilt. Repressing any emotion is bad, and anger is just as important and acceptable as all the others.

Never forget: Your anger is valid. It is real and you are not a bad person for feeling it. Do not let anyone ever try to convince you otherwise. The people who try to do not understand.

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