Sibling Abuse

Sibling Abuse - Anchor Of Promise

He slammed her into the corner and began to punch her in the chest. Screaming for help, her mother came running and immediately laid down the law that you do not hit a girl and even more so, your sister.

Sadly, this is more common than you think. So common that they gave a name for it – Sibling Abuse.

Now you may think that this is normal for siblings to argue, throw some swinging fists or say mean things, because after all, they are kids. To prove my point on this, my brother and I were major fans of the show, The Three Stooges. We loved it so much that when the commercial break came on, we practiced every move they made on the show. Continue reading

Self Harm: It Isn’t Just Cutting!

Self-Harm: It Isn't Just Cutting - Anchor Of Promise
There is a show called, “Strange Addictions” that covers a huge gamut of self-prescribed addictive behaviors from licking the fur off of a cat and eating it, stinging yourself with bees or even sniffing/snorting moth balls. Although there were many other strange and peculiar self-harming addictions, some common factors stood out.

Many found their addiction as a way of coping with other issues in their life. Secondly, some of these types of addictions also suffered from other mental health disorders. When listening to their stories, they often mention a pivotal point in their life that triggered this issue. Continue reading

He Said All the Right Things That Changed Her Life

He Said All the Right Things That Changed Her Life - Anchor Of Promise

She had a huge crush on the boy. She was only 9 but he was much older. A mere 14 years of age but old enough to know what he was doing. Picking up on the fact that she didn’t feel good about herself, he honed in on her crush and took advantage of it.

Opportunities presented themselves in which on-line chats were formed. He told her how pretty she was and that no one would love her the way he did. He said all the right words for her to hear. Feeling so unworthy at such a young age, she soaked up the praises being bestowed upon her and was willing to do anything in return for his devotion.

Then it happened. This day she could do something for him. This was not how she wanted to make him happy, but she felt obligated because he was so kind to her.

“I want you to take off your shirt,” he said. She balked at the idea because it felt so wrong to her. But then, she had changed her mind. Why? “If you don’t do this, I will kill you and your family. I have done a lot for you. I’m your master now. You have no one but me because I know the real you. So do what I say,” he threatened. Continue reading