Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: Inuit
What is happening to my children?
Parents must put children's needs first. It is shocking and overwhelming for children to see or hear a parent being abused. They get very, very frightened by:
- watching their mom get slapped and hit
- hearing the screams and angry voices.
- hide under the bed
- try to be invisible
- try to be super 'good'
- feel helpless
- feel terrified
- feel like it's their fault
- feel alone.
Children then are scarred for the rest of their lives.
"Dad is drinking again today … I'll be good and super quiet … that way I can hide so he doesn't see me … Mom looks really scared … I'll have to protect her … this is all my fault … I should find my sister and take her to Auntie's house … Hi Dad … do you want me to bring in some iceberg?"
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