Betrayal Trauma is a Consequence of Abuse
Betrayal trauma is a harrowing experience that many women face, often attributed to their partner’s actions labeled as “sex addiction.” However, it’s crucial to recognize that betrayal trauma is fundamentally a consequence of abuse, not addiction.
When therapists, clergy, and even well-meaning friends and family label betrayal trauma as a consequence of “sexual addiction,” they inadvertently enable the abuser to persist in their harmful actions. Additionally, by downplaying the severity of betrayal trauma, they perpetuate abuse towards the victim. This minimization forces victims to accept a distorted reality that leaves them feeling isolated and questioning their own sanity.
You’re Not Crazy: Understanding Gaslighting and Manipulation
One of the most insidious aspects of betrayal trauma is the chronic gaslighting, lying, manipulation, and reality distortion that victims endure. The abusive partners often excel at concealing their actions, leaving victims grappling with questions about their own sanity. The constant internal struggle includes wondering what is happening, why they feel perpetually awful, why their efforts as partners and mothers seem to fall short, and why physical and emotional pain has become a daily companion.
You Deserve Empathy & Support
Betrayed women frequently find themselves asking the poignant question, “Am I crazy?” It’s important to emphasize that victims are not crazy; they are victims of psychological abuse. The gaslighting and manipulation they endure make it challenging to trust their own perceptions and experiences. By recognizing and validating the real source of their pain – betrayal trauma – we can offer empathy and support to those who need it most.
BTR.ORG Is Here For You
Are you a victim of betrayal trauma? You’re in the right place. Consider attending a BTR.ORG Group Session today.