Abuser in Denial

 

   “I am saddened and disgusted by false allegations conducted against me “, said actor Ryan Phillipe (allegedly). This after police examined his                       girlfriend’s injuries after she had checked into Cedar -Sinai Medical Center Emergency (New York Daily News Wednesday, September 20, 2017)

Similar words have been spoken. I recall one instance when the abuser said to me ‘My hands are for eating and not for hitting a woman”.  Wasn’t this the man that used his hands to hurt me that very morning? My mind panned this way and that to make sense of his re-scripting of the narrative.  I knew the truth. We both knew the truth of what had conspired that fateful day. Yet here he was causing me to question my sanity. Here he was, defining for me a truth contrary to the one I had experienced. The physical and emotional onslaught were too much for me so in what was an almost out of body experience I escaped to an unreachable space. In the fraternity of abusers, denial is the default response I subsequently learned. I became wise enough to recognize that the biases in the grand narratives these offenders produce are nothing more than products of distorted minds.

I also became wise enough to understand that in the aftermath of abuse, abusers wage an ongoing undeclared war to smear and to destroy. It’s a war in which like other re-writers of history they dare victims to vilify their freshly minted truths on pain of public shaming. Who then would be willing to defy the daring and risk public loathing, to expose the truth of their history and so expose revisionist tales? Only a handful are sufficiently courageous.  The sobering truth is that lack of acknowledgement of wrong doing sears the conscience of the offender and paves a path to subsequent re-enactments.

links 2My concern, however,  is for victims, those whose lives would have been forever changed. I often loudly wonder: What about us, you abusers and re-writers of history? Are you aware that you have locked us into a perpetual inverse relationship with you one which we struggle our entire lives to reverse?

12 thoughts on “Abuser in Denial

  1. Wow. I am so sorry you had to go through that. A very well-written post about those who don’t always feel they have a strong voice. Thank you for speaking out with them.

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  2. Denial and projection are two defense mechanisms of psychopaths especially. That way they manage to keep the idealized image of their Self and here is the problem. They never recognize they were wrong because they cannot bear the fact they are not those grandiose persons they think they are.
    But I think today victims should protect against this cold abusers by immortalizing their moments of rage and then showing them (and others) the records.

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  3. Wow!!! The words you say to the abusers is well said and every word so true. Abusers will always try to turn the blame to the abused and deny to everyone including themselves that they did nothing. Thanks for sharing the awareness and the story.

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  4. It’s hard for someone who isn’t an abuser to understand an abuser isn’t really sorry enough to stop when they apologize. I think that can cause empathy, especially if they have the right words, ‘like my hands are for… and not for…’ I’ve seen it a time or two in my life. And I agree, the repair is so very hard for the one who was abused.

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  5. It’s so crazy to hear the first-hand experience on how he tried to turn it around. I hear of that happening, but don’t know anyone who has talked about it. It’s sad that they either don’t see the problem or refuse to acknowledge it.

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