“She’s too fat, she’s too thin, her hair is too curly;she should wear it straight, she’s way too dark, she wears too much make up”. Abuse comes in many forms. If you are upset by something said to you; feel intimidated, threatened, or belittled that is not okay and you have the right to do something about it.
Wikipedia describes psychological abuse as “a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting, or exposing, another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationships, bullying, gaslighting and abuse in the workplace”.
Lately social media has been a buzz with too many incidents where girls are being bullied by other girls. Another recent social media craze surfaced where memes are created of people who don’t fit in with what society deems as beautiful or normal.
One meme in particular, of Lizzie Velasquez who suffers from a rare condition recently went viral. Lizzie, a motivational speaker chose to speak up about the abuse she has had to endure.
How many people don’t speak up though and how many of us accept what we see on social media without questioning, without doing anything, without standing up against this type of abuse. Why? Have we become that desensitized.
If you are a mother, a teacher, carer or mentor , if you are a woman you have a responsibility. We can not allow ourselves to be desensitized . We need to teach our girls to stand up and speak up. They do not need to be subjected to bullying, body shaming, or any other kind of abuse. We need to empower them by exposing them to campaigns such as End Girl Hate. We need to equip our children with the right tools,whatever that may be. We need to do something to end this BS.
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(+27) 21 761 2758 firstname.lastname@example.org
South African Depression and Anxiety Group
011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26
Our Substance Abuseline
0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs.
Unicef South Africa
Nationwide Emergency Response – 10111
Stop Gender Based Violence helpline
(0800 150 150)
Suicide Crisis Line
0800 567 567
08000 737 283 (08000 rescue) / 082 455 3664