I'm traveling today, but here is a repost on Fear (today's word) from 2013.
What's my biggest fear . . .
This reminds of a post I wrote nearly a year and a half ago.
What's my biggest fear? It's a ludicrous question to ask a survivor of abuse. I've got a list a mile long. The list shifts and fluctuates, but the one constant is this -- the fear of not being believed.
It's a deeply rooted fear. Planted by abusers, and tended by those who didn't provide an environment of safety to risk telling. Then reinforced by those, who when told, didn't believe, even offering explanations of why I would make up these atrocities. Explanations that cast aspersions on my character, proving the lies the abusers told me are true.
According to Wikipedia, Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.
It takes a lot of people believing my story to counter the few who don't.
Maybe that's why I keep telling it.
linking up with 31 Days of Writing and Five Minute Free Writes