It’s hard to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship when your feelings are clouded by love

(This piece was originally published in 2019 and featured in Human Parts, but was subsequently taken down because of legal threats.)

Two hands barely holding on to each other
Two hands barely holding on to each other

It’s no secret that we, as a society, are colossally ill-equipped to have conversations about abuse. Even as movements like #MeToo have started to shine a light on the omnipresence of the problem, even as more and more statistics are released, and even as more and more victims have come forth and shared their stories, there are still a number of barriers in place that cripple our conversations from the outset.

There’s the wall of skepticism and willful ignorance…

RJ Aguiar

Writer, producer, strategist, actor, and advocate best known for his work on social media.

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