The word abuse has a lot of connotations attached to it and the vast majority, thanks to an uncaring media, are all sexual in nature.
The truth is that abuse can cover a host of behaviours and whilst many would argue there are dozens of different types, they all fall into ten distinct classifications:
Some will be familiar and some won’t but all contain a raft of subcategorizations that will be familiar: discriminating against someone for their sexuality or race for example.
Theft and neglect are two of the most known forms of abuse that occur in a care setting.
Regardless of the type of abuse that you may feel you’re experiencing the base question you need to ask yourself is ‘do I feel like my rights have been violated?’ or ‘has my right to choose been denied me?’
Whilst these may seem a little high minded they are important questions to ask yourself. Essentially, if it feels like what is happening to you is wrong, regardless of what your possible abuser tells you (or anyone else for that matter) then it is.
Recognising that something isn’t right is the most important step.
What Do I Do?
Most importantly: remember you are not alone.
There are people to support you. If, for whatever reason, you can’t speak to family or friends about what you’re experiencing there are a range of support services and one of these is using the Sharp System to give us a sign.