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@eldsflamma

So sad 2 hear that @tonythetruckstoptiger had passed away😪No animal deserves 2 live and die like this💔 #animal #animals #animalrights #animalsofinstagram #tiger #tigers #truckstop #tonythetiger #abuse #animalabuse #animalcruelty #cruelty

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@night_to_dawn19

What if we listened to children and adolescents instead of taking the side of adults and authority figures? What if we didn't assume kids were lying? What if we stopped justifying toxic behavior? What if we stopped minimizing and trivializing the traumatic experiences of others because we prefer not to believe it? What if we didn't label proactive assertive children as disobedient? What if we stop blaming victims? What if people were not silenced every time they tried to speak out? What if someone's courage to share their story does not get turned on them and used against them? What if we saw something, we said something every time... even if it made a mess? What if we fought harder to protect the most vulnerable populations of people ? What if age race gender or ability status did not lower your value as a human being ? What if we valued and respected the dignity of a human being more than protecting and shielding an image? What if we didn't engage in toxic masculinity ? What if boys were able to understand that they are victims too? #truthtuesday #tuesdaytruth #metoo #whatif #abuse #assualt #toxicpeople #toxicbehavior #youmatter #youhaveavoice #safety #rapeculture #toxicmasculinity #abusesurvivors #higherconsciousness #higherlearning #alternatives #youarenotalone #trauma #traumahealing #childhoodtrauma #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #ptsd #anxiety #depression #panicattack #profitfromyourpain #healingjourney #youareenough

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@iamchrissycakes

Mood. . Have any of y'all ever had a time where you feel like everyone in your life has turned on you, fucked you over, taken advantage of your kindness? Keep movin' on boo..... this too shall pass💯💆🙌🏽 #fuckem #fuckyouhaters #fuckboys #fedup #abuse #narsissist #mentalabuse #physicalabuse #verbalabuse

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@mofknz

I don't remember when everything went downhill, but I didn't always use to be afraid. I was once fearless. But doing business in the real world where it's life and death. You must have confidence and faith in yourself in order to succeed. I use to lack experience and because of that I would look for approval from my peers. It was only have asking for the advice of hundreds of elders did it finally click. ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. At the end of the day it's my life and I refuse to let anyone dictate how I should live it. I was born a free man. I forgot that along the way when I entered the system. But my eyes are wide open to the flow of this world. A decision needed to be made. Do I stand by and do nothing while I see the atrocities happening around or do I stand up and push change forward inch by inch. To have faith that when an opportunity comes and you don't feel the most qualified will I take the initiative and move forward anyway believing in myself that I'll find a way or die trying. Life is so much more freeing when you bet with your life. Anyone can bet money, but there are things far more valuable in this world than money. It's those values that I seek. Values such as Love, Loyalty, Integrity, and Empathy. How far will I go now that I'm free both mind and body? Only time shall tell. * @jamalrhen * #bitcoin #art #family #writersofinstagram #FangDynasty #beauty #aznbae #losangeles #nyc #motivation #illgrammers #millenniumdancecomplex #blackisbeautiful #womensupportingwomen #homeless #tattoo #instagood #inspiration #colorful #keiretsu #loveher #japan #moodygrams #puertorico #impacttheory #indonesia #newyork #truth #abuse #photoshoot at Los Angeles, California

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@awwwposts1

#metoo series 12 A stranger!😢 Anonymously submitted by a very strong girl. We are with you honey!. Join her in support to give the world a sense of magnitude of problems like sexual harassment, abuse, assault! DM me your experiences! Anonymity will be maintained, your identity won't be revealed! #MeToo... If everyone who had experienced sexual harassment or assault or unwanted touch wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of magnitude of the unkindness that exists and then, we can do something about it.. The offender is guilty and not the sufferer ... #campaign #womanempowerment #gogirl #girlpower #teamup #stabdup #harrassment #abuse #babysitting #lettheworldknow #shoutout #dubai #awareness

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@marisol_inked

People who are like this most of the time are not worth your time. Theres no excuse for this behaviour. #emotionalabuse #abuse #abandonment #ignore #silenttreatment #makeyoufeelinferior #abusivenickname #namecall #lie #gossip

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@thepaolaso

"Love is not cruel" Rupi Kaur. . . . . . #booklover #bookstagram #poetry #milkandhoney #rupikaur #love #books #hashatgs #bastaconloshashtags #abuse # #

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@awwwposts1

#metoo series 11 "uncle!"😢 Anonymously submitted by a very strong girl. We are with you honey!. Join her in support to give the world a sense of magnitude of problems like sexual harassment, abuse, assault! DM me your experiences! Anonymity will be maintained, your identity won't be revealed! #MeToo... If everyone who had experienced sexual harassment or assault or unwanted touch wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of magnitude of the unkindness that exists and then, we can do something about it.. The offender is guilty and not the sufferer ... #campaign #womanempowerment #gogirl #girlpower #teamup #stabdup #harrassment #abuse #babysitting #lettheworldknow #shoutout #awareness

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@__baz___

Stop judging me and start listening. #art #singing #song #songwriter #atrisk #love #abuse #poetry #gethelp

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@conservative_memes_4_ur_mother

Id say the parents dodged a bullet with that one. The real downside to this is that there are plenty more abusive families in fostercare besides parents who don't buy into your make believe genders. My mother left an extremely violent and abusive home, only to enter fostercare and be sexually abused, physically abused, threatened and neglected by "loving foster homes" who were in reality only looking for that foster care green. 😧 But hey. You do you, Canada. #conservative #meme #memes #conservativememes #MAGA #donald #trump #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqa #queer #homosexual #gender #sexuality #homophobic #fostercare #abuse #genderidentity

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@stay.strong.guppies

No, I am not going to share my story. - - I've been contemplating about putting this out on this account, I have close friends on this account who I haven't told. Who I will probably never tell the full story. I've told one person the story and that probably where it is going to stay. I don't owe my story to anyone. - - With that being said I'm not posting this here without purpose. This can happen to anyone and so many people are carrying this around silently. They are worried that they're story will not be seen as actual sexual assault or abuse, but your #metoo is valid, but that doesn't mean you have to share it. I myself feel as though to a lot of people my story will not be valid, I'll be told I didn't do enough to stop it, or that because we were friends it doesn't count, or that because flirting was present a year or so before this occurred that it was something I wanted. I DIDN'T. - - I place my #metoo out here tonight without a full explanation to remind you that silent, unexplained, or the whole story, you're valid. (I would appreciate it if nobody messaged me asking about my story, and none if my close friends try and get the story. I don't want to share my story, and probably never will. Thank you.) #assault #abuse #valid #thisissohard

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@narcknowledge

@Regranned from @fireflies_and_starlight - #Repost @narcissistrecovery ・・・ It's all good for them to pull all this crap on others but the minute they feel slighted...watch out. The rules don't apply to them in their twisted, little minds. #narcissist #narcissisticabuse #narcabuse #narcawareness #narcopathawareness #awareness #dv #domesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticabuse #abuse #emotionalabuse #verbalabuse #psychologicalabuse #timetospeakup #octoberisdomesticviolenceawarenessmonth #hypocrite - #regrann

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@healingwithrose

One of the most empowering things I've learned from my mentor @muneeza_medical_intuitive is to take responsibility for my emotions and my triggers. I'm not going to say it was easy for me to swallow when she told me that. I wanted to keep pointing my finger and blaming my husband, my mom, my sisters, strangers on the internet. But when I sat in meditation with that very wisdom she gave to me, it jived. I realized I was giving away my power by allowing my emotions to roam free and then blaming them on everyone else. I realized that if I wanted to truly be my highest self, I had to OWN and take responsibility for MY emotions and MY triggers. Most triggers are created from emotional wounds in your early childhood so therefore, your husband or wife cannot control that those are your triggers. They cannot control that they hit a wound. They cannot control that they bring up unresolved pain that YOU have not been proactive in healing. Because I tell you what sweet friend, only YOU can heal yourself. Within days of Muneeza telling me this, I put her advice into action...my husband triggered me... I felt the rage rising... I stopped ✋ and asked myself, "why am I so triggered by this? What trigger is he hitting, what pain is he revealing ?" Then... all of the rage started to dissipate... it was one of the most empowering moments of my life. My husband, my mother, my sister, no one had any control over me any longer. I took my control back. I'm not saying I'm perfect at this y'all.... its so easy to want to blame everyone else for how they make us feel or react.... but really, it's our own responsibility. Be the change you wish to see in this world. Be your highest self by taking your control and power back. ✊ And PS- almost 100% of triggers are developed between conception and 7 years old by your caretakers so if you have major triggers running and ruining your relationships, take it up with them. Express lovingly how they hurt you and what you really needed from them. THIS is where healing truly takes place. 💓

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@givesgoodface

Me too. I was first sexually assaulted by my boss when I was 16 and again a few years later by my Dr. Both times were without any warning. These were life changing events for me and eventually made me into the stronger person that I am today. However, at the time, I was extremely shy, naive and embarrassed. I decided to speak up and press charges though because of something a cop told me... he said that there most likely weren't any warning signs because he was so confident in his actions; indicating he had done it before. Sure enough, there turned out to be a history of girls leaving after only a few months, many of which came forward once I pressed charges. I decided to be the voice that would speak out and stand up - for myself & for the others that were unable to and to do everything possible prevent it from happening to anyone else. I did that and will continue to do so whenever I see someone being mistreated, in ANY way. I'm sharing my story in hopes it may help someone else... The thing about abuse is that WE ONLY HEAR THE STORIES THAT ARE TOLD. Think about that. _ I chose this image because I know that abuse comes in many forms - and should not be tolerated in ANY form - regardless of gender, color, religion, age, etc. I don't have to know you to care about you ❤️ Please, if you're able to find your voice, speak up... it may save someone, including yourself. #metoo _ _ #personal #abuse #sexualabuse #standup #speakout #supportoneanother #stopabuse

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@clauds_fitness_journey

I pray for those women and men that are going through this. You can break free from this abuse. It takes self love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #emotional #abuse #crippling #robs you of #selfesteem #thinkrationally #independance #confidance #autonomy #narcissist #narcissisticabuse #toxic #tocxicperson #toxicrelationships #confused #anxious #scared #apologetic #crazy

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@_.surrexerunt._

🎃he may deny it when nobody's brought up the subject, he may tell his current girlfriend that all his exes are just crazy, he may say he's never done a thing to anyone... But myself and others know the truth and one day, maybe, I'll feel brave enough to tell it. #metoo 🎃 · · #metoo #assault #survivor #fuckyou #sexualassault #abuse #domesticabuse #stronger #girlswithpiercings #girlswithgauges #girlswithtattoos #bodymods #modifications #makeup #nyx #elf #sephora #abh #anastasiabeverlyhills

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@whitmcwrites

Suicidal thoughts couldn't stop me. Depression couldn't take me. Anxiety couldn't have it's way. Sexual assault/harassment couldn't overtake me. Emotional abuse couldn't destroy me. Generational strongholds couldn't block me. I may have been broken, But no matter what, one fact remains: I AM STILL HERE. #MeToo #Awakenings #TWENTYTHRIVE #DearFutureMe #MoreThanAConqueror . . . . . . #blackvoices #whitmcwrites #honestyhour #blackmentalhealthmatters #survivor #authorchick #writingcommunity #godlywomen #blackgirlheal #healing #unlearning #testimony #healthierlifestyle #mindbodysoul #freedom #lifestyleblogger #transparency #arise #abuse #empowerment #selflovefirst #WhatsYourWhy

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@musingsofmim

I can not stand people who say "Shhhh, don't upset the apple cart." "Be a good girl and keep your voice down." It took me years to find the strength of voice that I have today. I will not be silenced. Outrage is healthy. #abuse #sexualabuse #speakup #speakout #outrage #protectvictims #voice #strength

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@awwwposts1

#metoo series 10 A friend in the car!😢 Anonymously submitted by a very strong girl. We are with you honey!. Join her in support to give the world a sense of magnitude of problems like sexual harassment, abuse, assault! DM me your experiences! Anonymity will be maintained, your identity won't be revealed! #MeToo... If everyone who had experienced sexual harassment or assault or unwanted touch wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of magnitude of the unkindness that exists and then, we can do something about it.. The offender is guilty and not the sufferer ... #campaign #womanempowerment #gogirl #girlpower #teamup #stabdup #harrassment #abuse #babysitting #lettheworldknow #shoutout

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@thelittlewellnessco

I don’t even know where to start... 〰〰〰 That it has happened so many times that I don’t even remember the first time 〰〰〰 That being sexually harassed just became a ‘normal’ and not unusual part of going out at night 〰〰〰 That the last time it happened was on the weekend and involved some fuckwit trying to sexually harass my 14 year old cousin after creeping around us all night and making us feel uncomfortable. When told to get lost he abused us, said he would get his friends to fuck us up and continued to threaten us until we got the security to kick his ass out of the concert 〰〰〰 That this event didn’t shock me and I causally went about my night 〰〰〰 That it has happened at night, on a street, in a crowded club, during the day, in public, in private, in a work place, by strangers, by people I worked with, by a boss, by people in a family environment 〰〰〰 That the abuse has ranged from verbal to physical, from groping to forcefully jamming their hands in places they fucking shouldn’t, to men staring in the most creepy way, to men standing too close, from men not only doing things that have 100% obviously crossed the line but also cunning men who play at the line and leave you questioning if it was ‘really that bad’ or ‘am I imagining things’ 〰〰〰 So yes #metoo 〰〰〰 So much gratitude for the strong women in my life that give me strength and the men in my life that treat women with respect and prove that this is not ‘normal’ or acceptable behavior 🙏🏽 at Perth, Western Australia

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@anniekaszina

You don’t want to confuse your survivor status with your identity. You are so much more than that. [Blog Post] http://bit.ly/2oJYrKo #emotionalabuse #abuse #freeyourself #healing #recovery #emotionalabuse #loveyourself #breakfree #freedomfromabuse #freedom #abusesurvivor #toxic

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@_yogakat_

What's just as alarming are the fanatic women who support these kind of men they are just as abusive. Fight back, by SPEAKING OUT & raising awareness. 😡👊 #October #Antibullying #RaiseAwareness #Truth #GetsOut •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Let your voice be heard that you won't tolerate abuse in ANY FORM. Let people know they are not alone. Speak up for those who have no voice. 💪 #yournotalone 🤝 #stopbullies #speak #Protected #abuseawareness #wolvesinsheepsclothing 🐺 #causes #spreadtheword #weakmen #toxicpeople #truth is #power #abuse #fightback #abusesurvivor 💪 #advocate

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@crazyhohoho

With all of these women coming out about their cases of sexual harassment, assault, and rape I can’t help but sort of pitch in with the #metoo movement. In this picture I was around 11 and yet that didn’t save me from being a victim of sexual abuse, harassment, and rape for years. Any future that little girl might have had is gone and now there’s just me. I make the most of my life these days but I still feel like it’s important to talk about the bad stuff. People need to know they’re not alone. #abuse #abusesurvivor

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@ayeeedesai

#Repost @bombaybinge (@get_repost) ・・・ "Make sure your fun is not mocking someone’s pain and your enjoyment is not another’s suffering. The melody of your ears must not be the cries of a powerless." - Shahla Khan ~ #metoo is a reminder about how commonplace sexual harassment has become, and it's not just about rapists. It's about time people apologised for all the ogling, the rape jokes and the objectification of women- stop normalising abuse. #metoo #abuse #sexualharassment #physicalabuse #savegirls #protect #value #respect #women #womensafety #notfunny #bethoughtful #nojokes #loveforwomen #protectgirls

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@fire_stars_

Cool. I'll jump on this campaign too. This is great that little by little this stuff is being talked about and opened up about. It's tough. I've learned the way to start making it better, both within our individual universes as well as collectively, is to talk about our experiences over and over and over again and acknowledge that they happened. Even if just in a post. Or in therapy. Or with friends or boyfriends or our own journals. Then we can start to sort through the fragmented memories that only became that way because the experience is traumatic and hard to process. It's a lot. This shit is harder than anything else, at least for me. Harder than losing a loved one or grief or other pains...because it stems from pain from the other. An intentional thing at some level to 'have control over' or 'prove a point' or whatever else it might have been. And it manifests as control or manipulation or violence (and no, sexual assault isn't about a man not being able to find a hook up). And...if we can get to talking about how we can collectively create space for people to share their experiences as well as brainstorm how to start to tackle the situations as a whole, well at least that's a start. Read 'Why Does He Do That' by Lundy if you want to delve deeper into the psychology behind some of this. Helpful and insightful. #metoo #nomore #nomorecampaign #abuse #assault #attack #speakup #metoo. #vulnerability

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@shershman

My kitty cat Toothless with a little kitty hat. #yourewelcome #cats #toothless #catantics #abuse #halloweencostume #kitten

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@xdarling_quotesx

You can't hate family everyone always told her. They don't understand that not all "family" is the same some dads don't love their daughters. Or some love the the wrong way. Some beat their kids. Some verbally abuse their children until they think they are worth nothing. So don't say you can't hate family because not all family deserves to be loved -Grace #quotes #deep #depression #deepquotes #pain #abuse #heartbreak #brokenquotes #brokenfamily

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@theway.shefeels

One of the hardest parts of an abusive relationship is accepting who the person really is. You remember all the good times even though the bad usually outweighs them. You keep wishing things would go back to how they used to be and have this fantasy of how things could be if only this or that. It's heartbreaking to accept that who they were in the beginning/during the honey moon period isn't their true self; it's an act because they are master manipulators and that's why we stay in denial and ultimately sometimes stay in the abusive relationship among other reasons. #abuse #abusiverelationship #abusesurvivor #joebrock #abusive #abused #narcissisticabuse #toxic #domesticviolence #domesticabuse #toxicpeople

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@kimberley_cooper

Unfortunately more times than I have confessed.. My spine is like this because I was brutally assaulted! I've had a full lumbar reconstruction, bolts/acres/plates, a cage, bone grafting, laminectomy, broken metal removed, spinal fluid leaking and nearly killed me etc.. This list goes on and on.... I also have an ex boyfriend that was very abusive physically, emotionally and mentally! Thank God I am stronger now and demand more from a man, I will not settle. I would rather be single! Let's end the silence on Violence!!! Spread awareness and education on physical and emotional abuse!!! EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW!!

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@live_matrix

She Stood In The Storm, & When The Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails. Take Care. #metoo #abuse #monster #heinouscrimes #dearone #sister #dontworry #sketched #fabercastell #eyes #tears #saddnes #thisday #like4like #likeforlike #likeforfollow #likeforlove #her #life #survivor #ciao

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@britneysmitley

Where were we supposed to turn? When we are being chased, propositioned, and cat called before we even menstrate--who was looking out for us? It wasn't talked about in our home. Options and protocol was never discussed. I didn't know that I had the power... They didn't teach that back then. And I am only 29. But I have taken steps with my own children. Maybe it is my crazy anxiety -- but boundaries and their autonomous right to choose how they want affection, attention, if at all -- is routinely drilled into their heads.. It is THEIR body. And like my boys are taught to respect and love their bodies and what they are comfortable with, they must think of others... "Put themselves in another person's shoes". Women are not objects. Saying disrespectful things to women will not win them anything, it most certainly doesn't at home, so I hope that grows up with them. They call me beautiful, they tell me 15 million times a day they love me, they call me their princess and their dad's queen. They apologize and feel guilt when they do wrong... They aren't too proud to make it right. They watch TV and still want to hold my hand, they like to just be near where I am. They are just little boys. But I can already tell if they can love and spoil me so much now, I can only hope and pray they will grow up to keep the soft parts of themselves to properly love a woman. I am doing all I can so they can be safe, but also provide safety to those around them by giving them a sense of justice. #abuse #trauma #metoo

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@muchachafanzine

This is often times bc when women of color are outspoken about issues like gendered violence & call out men for being abusive, we are considered "divisive" and that we are threatening the intregrity of men of color &, therefore, threatening the movement towards racial justice. We are perceived as traitors or we are derailed with responses like "not all men." There cannot be racial justice without gender justice. It's not possible. From the beginning of time - we have always had our men's backs. We are always on the frontlines of every movement fighting for you. We need you to step up & fight for us. This means taking #accountability for your actions. This means calling out other men you see acting in abusive ways towards women. Even if you are not the abuser yourself, you are not absolved bc being complacent is just as harmful. For too long, us WOC have been abused and silenced. For too long, we have been forced to choose between our racial & gendered experiences. For too long, we have been labeled "angry" and "bitter." But even then, we are still more revolutionary than all you men combined. ✊

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@sunflower_luvr

I got my copy of the first few chapters of @lewishowes “The Mask of Masculinity” (not for distribution yet). I’m diving in, reading and going to help get his book off the ground; with an awesome group of book launching teammates!!! If you have a son, grandson, husband or know of any men struggling with emotional trauma this book will serve you in so many ways. It is made with tools for women to help men. PreOrder your copy of The Mask of Masculinity book release is 10/31. #lewishowes #abuse #sexualabuse #themaskofmasculinity #society #emotions #beaman #footballplayer #rage #trauma #therapy #answers #vulnerability #success #love #loveconquers #relationships #strongmen #strongwomen #livelifetothefullest #livelifehappy #booklaunch #letsdothis

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@waterspringsranch

All our days are full of laughter because our God has provided a beautiful place we call home! Thank YOU for making this a reality. watersprings.com

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@ed_llama_warrior

This #painting by Jan Van Bijlert, titled, "Matchmaker" embodies the essence of what is still a perpetual #problem in today's #society. Men talking to men about the bodies of women; groping without consent and the look of the woman which breaks my heart as she is the mirror of so many woman like her, myself included. . #metoo #abuse #sexualabusesurvivor #survivor #fightforwhatsright #consent #repost from @splattane

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@everyone_deserves_their_rights

I’ve posted this before a long time ago, but this is extremely important. Women are abusers too, and it is not funny when a male is abused. You might think that a man is stronger, that a man can handle it but you see men have these things called feelings, that all humans experience. Shocker, I know. Whether that be emotional or physical abuse from a women neither is acceptable, if you love someone you shouldn’t hurt them on purpose(unless of course it’s for self defense). - Nox ~~~ #men #abuse #feminist #feminism #feminists #physicalabuse #emotionalabuse #emotional #hate #abuse #abusers

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@hashil_abdul_salam

we are hear to protect them not to hurt and betray . #stop #women #girl #abuse #start #fight #for #them #instagram #instadialy #encourage #women

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@raye_stephanie

If I could show you how awful you made me feel, you would never be able to look me in the eyes again. #quotesaboutlife #domesticviolence #awareness #october #victim #past #lifestyle #abuse #riseup #love #loveyourself #reality #quotes #sayings

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@the_element_view

The Windows to my soul are always made up bright and sunny windows dressing concealing fear face painting but my life is no circus there is no laughter here merely illusions look closely see the blue in my eye HerUnspokenWords.... STOP WOMEN ABUSE #women #ourrock #womenrock #womensday #celebratingourqueens #queens #strengths #shoots #poetry #props #confidence #studioshot #studiophotography #creativeminds #protectthem #abuse #stopabuse #creativity #thinkingoutthebox #photography ------------------------------------------------------------------ Poetry by Akhona Sidlai Photography by @sbunqamla at Pretoria, South Africa

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@the_element_view

The Windows to my soul are always made up bright and sunny windows dressing concealing fear face painting but my life is no circus there is no laughter here merely illusions look closely see the blue in my eye HerUnspokenWords.... STOP WOMEN ABUSE #women #ourrock #womenrock #womensday #celebratingourqueens #queens #strengths #shoots #poetry #props #confidence #studioshot #studiophotography #creativeminds #protectthem #abuse #stopabuse #creativity #thinkingoutthebox #photography ------------------------------------------------------------------ Poetry by Akhona Sidlai Photography by @sbunqamla at Silverton-Meyerspark, Pretoria East

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@camstevens76

NEW POST 📝 “Your Voice in the Dark”. Read now at camstevens76.wordpress.com #MeToo #Abuse #Healing #Faith #Hope #Love

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@whiskeywhiskersandvintage

The sad truth is that I am pretty sure the #metoo hashtag is something every single female I know, can relate to (I am not saying men never experience the same thing, I am only highlighting an issue I am 100% familiar with). When I look at my own day-to-day life, it is shocking and appalling how much I put up up with pretty much every day, without even batting an eyelash anymore, simply because it happens constantly. I've experienced death threats, stalkers, groping, harassment, drinks spiked, men exposing themselves, abuse on public transport, and those are just scratching the outer layer of the surface of the endless list of incidents. Recently I had an issue with an older male neighbor who kept making insinuating remarks and commenting on my looks on a daily basis. The 'funny' thing is, on a few occasions, he realized my boyfriend was nearby, and would then instantly offer his sincerest apologies to HIM! It just struck me how appalling and messed up the situation is when this idiot would apologize to my other half for disrespecting him by harassing me and objectifying me, yet apparently, I did not deserve an apology. Go figure! I often have to remind myself to not just brush these things off when they happen, because it's NOT OKAY and enough is enough. Rape culture, victim blaming, abuse of power, be it physically or in any other way, and shaming and treating other human beings as public property to use and abuse as you please needs to end here and now. Don't be an asshole. And if you witness someone being one, don't just ignore it. Don't blame the victims and please, please understand that this is real, it happens, and it's not fun. #rapeculture #rapecultureisreal #sexism #abuse #weinstein #enoughisenough

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@speakyoursilence

You carry the power to transform many lives. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Will you use it? /\/\/\/\/\ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #speakyoursilence⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #yourvoicematters #voice #bethechange #thestitch #story #fashionforgood #dogood #giveback #giftsthatgive #giftsthatgiveback #impact #changemaker #sexualabuse #childsexualabuse #abuse #sexualassault #csa #instagood #igfashion #smile #joy #beavoice⠀⠀ Photo credit: @doubletake_photo⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

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@grow_va

Look familiar?

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@the_element_view

The Windows to my soul are always made up bright and sunny windows dressing concealing fear face painting but my life is no circus there is no laughter here merely illusions look closely see the blue in my eye HerUnspokenWords.... STOP WOMEN ABUSE #women #ourrock #womenrock #womensday #celebratingourqueens #queens #strengths #shoots #poetry #props #confidence #studioshot #studiophotography #creativeminds #protectthem #abuse #stopabuse #creativity #thinkingoutthebox #photography ------------------------------------------------------------------ Poetry by Akhona Sidlai Photography by @sbunqamla at Silverton-Meyerspark, Pretoria East

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@verisafe_safety_tool

#metoo let's #standtogether against #harrassment #abusiverelationships #abuse #controlling and #manipulative behaviour let's stand up against #disempowerment against #violence and #stalking.. Lets advocate for our right to #safety our #equalrights to opportunities #equalpay and empower each other to share our stories without shame or guilt 💪 Let's actually take action to shift #rapeculture and while the shifts happen lets look after each other, check up on our friends, make sure they get home safe make sure they are supported. Invervene if you see someone who looks uncomfortable. No more sitting back and waiting for someone else to do something. We all have the power to help create change.

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@featherfinderoriginals

Oct. 15 drawing for Inktober. Quick sketch of a nightmare I had the other night. I have nightmares a lot with the narcolepsy, but art helps :). #inktober #inktober2017 #drawing #pen #ink #micronpen #blackandwhite #nightmare #boy #belt #silenced #abuse #narcolepsy #chronicillness #art #disabledartist #trauma #sleepdisorder #belmont #featherfinderoriginals #illustration

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@yogasassygee

#MeToo I debated about this, but here goes. . When I turned 13-14ish I suddenly grew boobs, and that was when it all began. I could go no where without being cat called. Nowhere. High school or adult men (boys?) would pull over to harass me constantly. Sometimes to mess with me, others to try to get me into their car to go to some other location or get high with them. I never went. So that makes it OK, right? . When I was 14 I went to a high school party. I thought I was SO COOL going to a big kids party, turns out I was just stupid. Everyone was so high or drunk. I watched boys fondle girls who were passed out, from whatever drug they were on, and laugh with each other about it. I begged our driver to take me home but I had to wait over 4 hours before he was willing, so I climbed a tree and waited. It was safe there. . When I was young I began a relationship with someone who I thought loved me. It turned out he thought love meant mental, physical, and sexual abuse. They say rape is most common in a relationship, and I learned that fact repeatedly throughout the 4 years I stayed with him. It took me another 7 to move through that field of mind land mines. 10 years after it ended, I still have nightmares and triggers, so maybe I’ll never really get over it. Who knows. . When I was 26 I was walking home alone after bar close. I was, thankfully, sober. A man followed me, and I proceeded to run as hard as I have ever run in my entire life when I realized it. He chased me, but I lost him in the side streets. I have no idea what his intentions were, but I sat on the floor of my apartment, loaded shotgun in hand, for 3 hours before I could move to the bed only to stay awake all night from the fear. . 4 examples. 4 of thousands. . The reason I debated is simple. I thought, “Who HASN’T been sexually harassed or assaulted?” But...isn’t that the point? . I almost didn’t post because this is exhausting. But here I am. . Me too. at Stockholm, Sweden

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@asteriaaxo

because even the smallest violation is a violation all the same. but we talk too much about the girls who have been harassed or abused, and too little about the men who harass and abuse them #justiceforwomen #justicefortheabused #metoo #sexualharassment #abuse #sexualabuse

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@counseling4hope

This campaign was bold and brave! It’s given a uniting voice to all those who’ve experienced abuse. Abuse and trauma leave an unseen impact. There is NO SHAME in being abused and it WASN’T YOUR FAULT. There is hope in healing! #metoo #counselingworks #counseling4hope #abuse #abusesurvivor

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@yvonnecarson57

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017 #domesticviolence #stopviolence #abuse #bullying #MeToo

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@thiswomansworkk

I hope karma is wearing stilettos when she kicks your ass.

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@jcmlespaul

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@ianyoungfineart

No Child Left Behind Acrylic Painting - 40"x30" Circa 2011 - SOLD to Yow Su Joan, Singapore #goth #666 #halloween #devilsnight #originalpainting

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@werewolf.heart_

I'm really so done with people who not only defend sexual harassment/abuse, but who blame women for it - or suggest that the solution is to stop being so sensitive. You have no idea how often it happens, and to how many. To those who think it's not a real problem: I was 12 the first time someone (an adult) tried to persuade me to have sex with him. I was a teenager when gas station attendants would lean into my car and harass me about being their girlfriend, getting my phone number. I was wearing a long wool coat and snow boots the first time someone followed me down the street, yelling lewd things at me. I was standing in a bar just talking to my friends the times (plural) that a total stranger grabbed me, touched me, or made a comment about my body. Once I rejected a man that hit on me (while I was on a date with someone else), who got violent and angry and said he hopes I get beaten with a hammer. I've had disgusting propositions messaged to me, completely unsolicited. And there are still others that I don't talk about. I've suffered for saying No and defending myself. I've been abused by boyfriends and people I trusted, and was told I deserved it, no one else would ever love me, or that I was a bitch for saying No. It didn't matter what I wore, said, or did. And I know plenty of others who experienced these things too. If these kinds of things never happened to you, you're either sadly oblivious to it, or you're just lucky. Hooray for you! When you hear these stories, if your response is to ask what the victim (man or woman) did wrong, you just don't get it. And if you don't get it, and you have zero compassion for anyone who DID have these experiences, then please: Shut the fuck up. You are exactly the reason why people don't come forward and talk about it, and live their lives in shame. I truly do not understand the victim-blaming mentality. It does nothing but justify and empower abusers. And if you've ever been made to feel this way, and think you have no voice or no hope: I love you, and I'm sorry this happened to you. 🌷💕 #metoo #abuse #harassment #selflove #emotionalsupport

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@cocogeexo

& again. & again. & again. - I wanted to speak about this at the beginning of the month, but certain circumstances didn't make that timing appropriate. I am a #DomesticViolenceSurvivor i never ever thought in a million years that I would be THAT girl. The one making a million social media accounts because he made me delete them all, and remake them. The girl who had to ensure she had printed receipts for every single purchase because there'd be hell to pay if she didn't. The girl who scoured for weed like an addict because without it he was even more dangerous. Chances are if you are in an abusive relationship. You genuinely love that person. To the ends of the Earth. Only love that strong creates a relationship so toxic. It's so hard to walk away but DO IT. Life begins again. Last year at this time I had just found out my ex went back to the woman he cheated on me with. I was distraught. I had become the side chick, but how? Two years ago, I was extremely pregnant getting ready for a Halloween party with our friends (which two years prior caused him to kick four holes in the wall while we were getting ready). Six years ago; I was filing for separation and I had never had a hand laid on me by a man in my entire life, and If you told me that I was about to enter an abusive relationship that would almost cost my life to leave, I wouldn't believe you. I have been punched, smacked, choked, thrown across rooms, clothing ripped off of me in public, punched in stomach while pregnant with my son, my face has been spit in, I have been ripped off beds, given concussions, been bitten, and I have even given out my passcode to my phone to a trusted friend because I thought it was over. I thought he would kill me. So many of you reach out and I love it. I want nothing more than to help women that are in the position I was. I want to show you that life does get better, and it's not easy, but it's so unbelievably worth it. Keep fighting to break free. #domesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #abusesurvivor #abuse #dv #awarenessisthefirststep #awarenessiskey #endthesilence #empoweredwomenempowerwomen

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@michelledgoss

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." ~Maya Angelou #metoo #be #brave #stand #against #sexual #assault #rape #violence #abuse #harassment #victom #womensmarch #slutwalk #misconduct #mst #dvis #rainn #harveyweinstein #predator #rapist #feminist

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@pumpedonplants

Trigger warning!!! Okay so this is hard as hell for me but I’m doing it, I have to. Sharing my #metoo story is something I’ve always wanted to do because I know how much it helped me to hear that I wasn’t alone. Here’s a poem I wrote about a trauma experience that is forever burned in my brain. My trauma history is a long one beginning in childhood (sexual assault, abuse) and moved into my adult life where I experienced extreme psychological, physical and sexual abuse in a 2 year long relationship. My “boyfriend” would rape me if I refused him sex, he would tie me up and gag me so my daughter who slept 20 feet away from me wouldn’t wake up. He would sodomize me, and then pour his semen in my eyes. One night I felt myself slipping away.. I don’t know if I died that night but I felt him punch me in the chest and he was shouting “breathe”! I felt dead, I was bleeding and sweating. He removed the gag from my mouth and kissed my head and said “you know why you deserve that right?” He then rolled over away from me and said “I’ll kick your ass if you do anything stupid”. Like I said, this went on for 2 years. I was terrified of leaving him for fear of him killing me. Even worse, I was so brain washed that I felt like I deserved every punishment he inflicted on me. I can’t believe I’m sharing this but I’m so inspired reading everyone’s stories of survival and perseverance. I want someone to read my story and to know that life is possible after trauma. You can and you will survive. If I did it, you can too. ❤️ #survivor #mystory #trauma #ptsd #alive #abuse #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolence #rape

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