by M. J. Joachim
The mind is a powerful thing, allowing dreams and nightmares to help those who have been abused work through what happened to them. The body manages stress, often depositing it in different places, getting it to react in numerous ways. Maybe it’s a sound or place trigger that causes the body to react, get tense or shut down and pull the covers up and over, to hide from whatever monsters might be lurking in the shadows.
Then there’s the physical ramifications people suffer. Not being beaten anymore doesn’t mean the beatings didn’t take their toll on the body. Even if no bones were broken in the incidents, physical ailments can and often do happen long after the beatings have stopped. It might be ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, traumatic brain injury or even early onset arthritis that gets diagnosed, not necessarily because it was inevitable, but rather because bodies aren’t used to being thrown around like rag dolls. Nor should they be!
There needn’t be any research to back this up. Simple common sense will do the trick. People getting thrown or bashed on a continuous basis for any length of time, are bound to pay the price for years to come. It’s traumatic and it doesn’t go away just because the victim is no longer in danger.
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