Long Term Effects of Abuse and Trauma

This article applies to the women in the Jian Ghomeshi trial and how they are being judged for their actions or lack of actions by society. Click here to read the article or an excerpt below. I strongly recommend reading the entire article as it states a lot of facts.


Most abused women use active strategies to maximize their safety and that of their children. Some resist the abuse and fight back, some flee, and others try to keep the peace by capitulating to their partner’s demands. What may seem to be a lack of response to abuse may in fact be a strategic assessment of ensuring her own and her children’s survival.15

Over a quarter of Canadian women have been assaulted at least once by an intimate partner. In Canada, four out of five people murdered by their spouses are women murdered by men. Girl children are targets of abuse within the family more so than boys. Four out of five victims (79%) of family-related sexual assaults are girls.17


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