malign Posted January 7, 2011 Report Share Posted January 7, 2011 I thought I should maybe post a bit of a warning to abuse survivors about reading posts that might be triggering to them. It seems to me as if some people have been triggering each other inadvertently, lately, so it seemed important to say this.Most of the posts that I've looked at had the appropriate trigger warnings on them. I also don't want to discourage people from posting what they need to post; I'm quite sure no one would be writing about these horrors if they could do something else with it all. I also think that reading about other people's experiences can help abuse survivors to realize that they are not alone, and this is particularly important because of the shame and secrecy that often accompany the abuse.However, it's possible that some people are not taking adequate care of themselves, and ignoring the warnings while their own history has not yet been thoroughly dealt with. It is a well-documented fact that reading accounts of the abuse of others can trigger memories and feelings from one's own abuse. Such flashbacks can be powerful and disturbing, and unfortunately, because of the remoteness of the internet, they may happen when there is no one with you to help ground you in the present.The warnings are there for your own protection. Don't worry, someone will respond to the posts of others in need. Please respect your own limits; no one says you have to read everything. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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