It is not true that as long as something is not violent, it is not abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.
It is also not true that most abusers are strangers. Most of the time, abusers are family members. They are often the ones you wouldn’t suspect. They don’t look it, they don’t sound it.
No one is spared. Not even celebrities. But as what this list will prove, not everyone who has been abused end up becoming criminals or abusers themselves. Most of them end up ok.
10. Darren Hayes
Darren Hayes of Savage Garden never talked about growing up marred by alcohlism and domestic violence. He said that he chose not to out of respect for his family. He said that he was unable to trust anyone as a result of that and had a hard time maintaining a romantic relationship.
However, he said that he has forgiven his family and he admires them for owning up to their mistakes, changing and moving on.
9. Tom Petty
Tom Petty’s father was a guy’s guy. His father didn’t understand his passion for music. His father thought he was gay and beat the living hell out of him. As Petty refused to join his father in hunting trips, his father’s beating escallated.
8. Mike Patton
Mike Patton is known for his wild antics on stage. Other rockstars are criticised for not respecting their audience. Patton has no respect for others and himself. He asks people to spit on his mouth, darn it.
His eratic behavior may be because of the sexual abuse and neglect he experienced when he was a kid. Or it may be because he is simply a rock star.
7. Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou has talked about her abuse as a child extensively.
At such a young age Maya had to deal with many issues such as her rape and her identity as a black person. At one point in her life, she even worked as a prostitute and madam.
She has channeled her emotions on her poetry.
6. Billy Connoly
Billy Connoly’s wife learned about him being a gang leader only through therapy where she was his shrink.
The incident happened on the one-off special Dr Pamela Stephenson Connolly, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who specialises in treating sexual disorders, put her husband on the couch for an hour as part of her More4 Shrink Rap television series.
Connolly was being grilled by his psychotherapist wife on being abused as a child, abandoned by his mother and his alcoholism but she got more than what she bargained for after he revealed being a gang leader.
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