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The power of hurtful language is just as damaging and maybe even more detrimental than a physical assault. If someone strikes us, afterwards we can see the wound heal and know exactly what to do. Many times we choose to leave the relationship. A physical affront will make us take action. In most cases, will permit us to make a healthy decision about how to move forward.
But when the abuse is verbal, some fragment gets lodged within our mind and continues to replay itself. The wound never heals, and we remain within the abusive relationship, justifying the abusers behavior. But verbal abuse just like physical abuse is never okay, and should never be minimized or tolerated.
Stand up, speak out and walk away.