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Bullying doesn’t stay behind classroom doors. Bullying reaches marriages as well. People presume since they’ve known their spouse for so long, getting bullied is acceptable. Sadly, it is not acceptable in any way. Where there is bullying, there is no respect.
Marrying at a young age opened my eyes to a reality I wasn’t emotionally or mentally prepared for. Being told I couldn’t do something or ridiculed for trying something new was the worst kind of bullying I’ve ever experienced. When the words were unkind and the tone of voice was that of a drill sergeant, I realized the marriage was heading down an unpleasant path. I’m glad I was able to speak up and ask for help.
Moreover, we hear or read about husbands belittling their wives. But wives are not the only victims. Contrary to popular belief, bullied husbands exist. There are wives with little or no regard for their husbands –and that is not okay. No one deserves to be belittled by anyone. And even less by the person who professes love to you.
Have you experienced any of the following?
- your spouse has no faith in you or what you do;
- intimidates you;
- mocks you in front of the children or family members;
- disrespects your opinion and doesn’t include you in any of the decision-making;
- treats you as a servant and never thanks you for the things you do;
- teases you physically by comparing you to other women or men.
- expects you to do things at a certain time in a certain way or else.
1. Speak up