35 Quotes About Overcoming Child Abuse

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Healing from childhood trauma can take a lifetime to conquer. These quotes about overcoming child abuse highlight some of the incredible heartache and healing that takes place afterwards.

“Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings.”

“Attach ourselves to people who remind us those who hurt us and fix them as a way of vicariously repairing our damaged parents.”

“By developing a contaminated, stigmatized identity, the child victim takes the evil of the abuser into herself and thereby preserves her primary attachments to her parents.”

“Change our parents so they will finally give us what we needed when we were young.”

“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”

“Dissociation is the common response of children to repetitive, overwhelming trauma and holds the untenable knowledge out of awareness.”

“Don’t turn your face away. Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know. Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you. Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.”

“Faith is why I’m here today and faith is why I made it through.”

“Find new relationships with people who give us the things we didn’t get from our damaged parents.”

“Forgiveness is created by the restitution of the abuser; of the wrongdoer. ”

“He said when the Lord made people He made them all the same for starters. But life marks people. If you know the way, you can read them like maps.”

“I refuse to let the standards of evil people chip away at my capacity for integrity.”

“I think repressing what happened is what saved me in my childhood. I was able to use my imagination to create happy events, but a little girl can carry only so much on her own.”

“If the sound of happy children is grating on your ears, I don’t think it’s the children who need to be adjusted.”

“If you say there is no such thing as morality in absolute terms, then child abuse is not evil, it just may not happen to be your thing.”

“In general, the more dysfunctional the family the more inappropriate their response to disclosure. Never expect a sane response from an insane system.”

“Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. ”

“Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. ”

“Mental anguish always results from the avoidance of legitimate suffering.”

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”

“One of the best ways of repressing emotions is artificial certainty.”

“Parents who discipline their child by discussing the consequences of their actions produce children who have better moral development, compared to children whose parents use authoritarian methods and punishment.”

“So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. ”

“Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit every time they smile.”

“The fact is, the man who’d begotten me didn’t want me. In his eyes I should never have been born. And perhaps that would’ve been best.”

“The fear of abandonment forced me to comply as a child, but I’m not forced to comply anymore. The key people in my life did reject me for telling the truth about my abuse, but I’m not alone. ”

“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.”

“The major abscess in the mind is a lack of acknowledgement of evil.”

“The wounded recognized the wounded.”

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”

“Today I wore a pair of faded old jeans and a plain grey baggy shirt. I hadn’t even taken a shower, and I did not put on an ounce of makeup. ”

“Violators cannot live with the truth: survivors cannot live without it. ”

“We are supposed to call poison medicine and we wonder why we’re always sick.”

“You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren’t alone.”

Healing subconscious trauma from your childhood is a painful journey to follow through.

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