Image of Satan by Gustave Doré, in John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1866), Source https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/m/milton/john/paradise/complete.html (PD)
“All hope abandon, ye who enter here”
-Motto over the Gates of Hell, from Dante’s Inferno
Abuse victims know Satan all too well. We have met him in the form of pedophiles and panderers; parents and caregivers who did not know how to love; partners who used and discarded us like so many unwanted toys.
Truth and Lies
We have been tormented by Satan in every way possible – mentally, physically, emotionally, sexually, and religiously, to the point that some of us have come to view death as a relief.
That statement about death is, of course, one of Satan’s lies. But we have been told so many lies, we no longer recognize the truth.
Trust and Control
Where there is a history of abuse, the desire for control can be heightened. Having been grievously…
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