So many times we, as human beings, overlook abuse. We fail to realize the extent of how bad it can be. There are so many people who suffer from it. There are so many people who try to hide it. Those who can hide it run from it. Then there are those who are unable to escape it and become the victims of it for a lifetime.
When most people think of abuse they automatically think of physical harm done to the body. When I think of abuse I think of physical, mental and emotional abuse. It isn’t just about the punches that someone takes, but also the words that are spoken to them or about them. Sometimes we don’t even realize that what we are saying is emotionally or mentally damaging to someone else. We don’t think about what kind of life they might have grown up in. Its hard to understand when you have never been there yourself.
I believe that when we, as children, are raised a certain way, we tend to follow that. If we are taught to be abusive then most likely we will be abusive. If we are taught to take abuse from others we will most likely continue to do that in our adult life.
As a mother, I know that I want to provide only the best life for my daughter once i am out. I want her to feel loved and cared for at all times. I want to teach my daughter how to be neither the abuser or the abusee. I want her to be strong and to be able to stand up for herself. I want to set a good example for her. If you have children then you know what i am talking about. The next time you start to say something negative to or about someone… STOP! Think about how you would feel if it was you. Put yourself in their shoes. Think about what they might be going through at the time in their life. What would you feel like if it was you child, family member, or someone you loved?

Megan Counts
Name: Megan Counts
Age: 25
Sentence: 46 months