Tactics Abusers Use to Control Their Victim

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Over seven billion people in the world and many unfortunate receive the toll of abuse, either by seeing it or experiencing it firsthand. In all countries around the world abuse flourishes. In the United States one in three women, one in four men, and one in five teenage girls experienced a type of abuse according to the National Institute of Justice. A top concern for ninety-two percent of women is domestic and sexual abuse ("Domestic Violence Statistics"). Sexual, emotional, physical, neglect, or financial abuse leaving lasting effects on children, elders, and victims of all ages. Abusers use different tactics like humiliation, isolation, threats, intimidation, denial or blame to break down their victim preventing them from leaving; which leads to incidences of repeated abuse cause victims to seek help in shelters or agencies advocating against family violence. Yet in some cases after prolonged abuse and too much red tape, victims take action into their own hands and put themselves into precarious situations causing more emotional strife and drama to their already complicated life.
On the news stories of girls being raped, killed, and dumped air frequently. This act happens more than it should, if possible it should never happen. In families it happens every day of their life. Sexual abuse occurs, for most victims, with someone they know. “Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, people whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed” (Smith and Segal).

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