I can’t imagine anything more traumatic than growing up in an abusive household. I know this from talking to many people over the years about such horrific experiences. Children, who usually have nobody else in the world to turn to, abused by one or both of their parents (or some other family member) are our most vulnerable people. They often don’t have the coping skills or access to resources that adults even have.
But in America, like in most societies, we don’t really want to hear stories about child abuse. We want to pretend that it doesn’t happen in our neighborhood or town. We’d rather stick our head in the sands than face the reality that some adults make really poor parents.
That’s why I’m honored and pleased to introduce this blog, Strength Over Adversity from New York Times bestselling author Sarah Burleton. In her book, Why Me?, she chronicles that living hell that was her childhood. It’s a heart-breaking story to read, but she’s here to give every survivor of child abuse hope. Strength Over Adversity is both her blog name and her belief — that you can learn to live with the horrible childhood you may have had, and still grow and become even stronger because of it. You can learn more about her here.
Please give Sarah a warm Psych Central welcome!