We push it under the rug
We’re so used to, especially as women, we deal with stuff. We deal with our mental health, we deal with taking care of our kids, taking care of our homes; and there’s a lot of stuff that we kind of sweep under the rug. So, unless stuff like this is talked about from your childhood - unless you’re discussing with your kids that, "this is not okay," and "you don’t do this," and "you don’t do that", or, "if it happened"- then that stuff is going to be missed. Then we’re going to be dealing with it in our older years and when a situation happens, we really don’t know what to do. We kind of just put it aside- we’ve been sweeping it under the rug and continuing to move on, and it affects our mental health and our relationships. [...] There’s a lot of things back then, in my family, and I’m sure others as well, that are not talked about, leaving the victim to deal with it alone. As the victim gets older, they realize that what happened was not okay and they’re again left to deal with it alone. This impacts people's mental health.