So a “troll” or perhaps she is someone connected to my ex, commented on my facebook page today. It was in regards to my last post regarding the child support, or lack thereof, that I received from my ex. In it she educated me on how Maintenance Enforcement works in Canada, all things I already knew, and proceed to tell me how negative I am on my page, my blog and to the people in my life. She was banned from the page. I don’t like trolls. I don’t think anyone does.
I reflected on her comments for a bit. Criticism is always a good time to reflect and see if there is room for personal growth. I asked myself if I am negative, is the page or my blog negative and the answer that kept coming back to me was, no.
I share my journey, hence the name of my page and my blog, both good and bad. There are definitely things WITHIN my journey that are negative because I and my children were abused by my ex and their father, but I nor my page or my blog is negative. It is the abuse that is negative.
Now it is very possible that this person is somehow connected to my ex. Obviously she would only hear one side of the story, his. Being he is an abuser, and abusers will lie, not take responsibility for their actions and will smear their victims name it would be no surprise that she would see me as negative. I get that. Unfortunately for Survivors of abuse, her opinions are so common when abuse is exposed. There will be people who will want to keep the Survivor quiet and believe the lies that the abuser tells them. This could be because they have only ever seen the “Mr. Nice Guy” that is in all abusers. The one who plays the doting father and husband (or wife or mother) in public, but they do not see who that person is behind closed doors. They do not see the real person that they are. In small ways I cannot blame the family or friends in an abusers life for not believing the Survivor. They will have been snow balled just like the Survivor was in the beginning of their relationship. At one time the Survivor believed this person was caring and loving. It wasn’t until the Mr. Nice Guy mask started to slip that they started to see who this person really was. Even then most Survivors live in denial for a long time, not wanting to believe that the person they love is cruel and means to do the mean things they do. It can take years for a Survivor to finally acknowledge what is happening to them and to finally break free. I know for me it took 15 years to finally be able to walk away.
My other thought is that this woman is abused herself and often what we do not want to see in our own life will be seen as negative when it is brought to light in someone else’s. If that is the case I hope that one day she will find a life free of abuse.
Lastly, I know my ex the best. I have seen every single side of him. I know exactly what he is capable of so not a troll or a supporter of his will make me back down in exposing what he did behind closed doors to myself and our children. I share my journey to let other Survivors know that they are not alone. I also share how I handle it to help empower other Survivors currently in or recovering from an abusive relationship.
If you have found yourself in similar shoes with a supporter I empathize with you. I know it can be a tough road when others are trying to silence you and do not want to hear the truth about someone’s abuse of you. I encourage you to keep speaking your truth. You know what happened and so does your abuser, hence why they are trying to silence you. Abusers hate exposure. You are strong. You can withstand what others say. I believe in you!