If you were physically, mentally, or emotionally abused because of being “different” from the “typical” child, you are not alone. Even before receiving any diagnosis, many autistic children have suffered very much due to being pressured to try and behave more like “normal” children.
Neurobigotry against anyone who deviates from the “norm” is all too common. Too many suffer from being shamed and bullied for their differences. It is wrong to make a person feel bad for being themselves.
I have been having some very enlightening conversations via private messages with other Autistic Adults. It seems that many have suffered in silence for many years over the non-acceptance that they suffered while growing up. Many suffered at the hands of parents, carers, teachers, bullies, etc. and have not spoken out about this because of social pressure to show respect to authority figures.
It is time for this silence to end. It is time for you to know that you are NOT alone. Many of us have stories that we have kept locked away. Please know that you are not alone. I know this from some people sharing openly and others sharing privately. It is good to know that you are not alone and you are not wrong for being yourselves. It is time for Autistic people to come out and say that enough is enough. We will be silent about our abusers no longer. We are Autistic and we are proud to be ourselves.
I feel that this quote is very empowering for anyone who has been afraid to tell their story for whatever reason.
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.” – Anne Lamott
If anyone would like to send me stories to share here anonymously, they can PM me and I will share their stories. without naming them.
I repeat, you are not alone. There are many just like you out there.