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You hear domestic violence
What image do you see?
Broken bones, purple bruises?
Not here not me
I see someone suddenly silent
Never around, cancelling every night
I see the nervous, broken shell
Every bang giving them a fright
I see the one with no confidence
Who thinks they are no good
I see the one who apologises
Whether or not they even should
I see the person so distant
Because its safer alone
Yet no matter what they go through
That person always goes home
No broken bones no bruises
An abuser wont let you see that
Instead they start on your self worth
Too ugly too dumb too fat
It doesn't start with the violence
The beatings or sexual assault
But eventually more than likely
That's where it goes, all your fault
Imagine going through torture
Then confiding what's happened to you
Imagine the pain and the anguish
They tell you what would you do
I tried that, telling my story, my pain
What I heard will make your head whirl
See the response I got will astonish
'Rape? It can’t be...she was a girl!'
Now what this poem will show and tell
I hope will open some eyes too
Despite what the press may portray
Woman can be abusers too!!!
The stats of female abusers reported
Is shocking, infuriating yet true
But just cuz the law is ridiculous
Whatever you say.....its rape too!!!
And while I'll never get closure
Shell never be put on a list like a man
It's a part of the woman I've become
It can get better; get through the dark and it can
And while I wont say a victim forgets
Or gets over what they've been through
With health and support of the right ones
We find peace, we find acceptance and maybe love too!!!