10 hours ago
This is the face of #ptsd
Childhood trauma, teenage assaults, adult abusive relationship.
This is also the face of someone’s daughter, mother, niece, cousin, friend, confidant, and fierce protector.
This face is determined to break the cycle so that her children can know the signs before danger arrives.
This face is telling her story so that others can recognize signs in their current situation/relationships and get out.
PTSD does not discriminate nor is anyone immune to it. Most wars happen on the battlefields but a lot of them happen in homes, schools and places that are supposed to be safe.
Overprotective moms, friends with anxiety, teachers who panic, people who cry when a child is being scolded in the store, men who run to rescue and take a while to calm, someone who breaks out in a cold sweat after hearing a loud noise, etc.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask them how they are and they start crying.
I’m taking my small voice and making it loud for others who can’t. You can make it through this. You can leave. You can tell a trusted person. You can report it to the police. You can speak out loud!
We will hear you!!! at Paradise Valley, Arizona